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Master's Degree in Family Social Science

Family Social Science is a unique program using the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine human development over the lifespan, and how families work within various contexts and cultures. The master's degree program in family social science offers you two options:

Interested in a coursework-based master's degree? Learn more about an M.Ed. in family education.

View current departmental course offerings.

How to apply

Complete applications are due March 1st.

The number of graduate applicants admitted into the program varies from year to year.

Learn more about application procedures and instructions.


Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information with no single factor determining an applicant's success or failure.

The program of study for the M.A. degree is planned by the student and the faculty adviser, approved by the director of graduate studies, and then filed with the Graduate School after 15 credits of coursework have been completed.

A maximum of 40 percent of the total credits taken for the degree program may be transferred into the program at the University of Minnesota from outside the program, with the approval of the adviser and the director of graduate studies.

Financing your education

Visit OneStop Student Services: Finances for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.

Visit Assistantships, Fellowships, & Other Funding for more information on funding opportunities through FSoS, CEHD and UMN.

More information regarding assistantships and benefits can be found on the Office of Human Resources website.

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