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:
- Completing a capstone thesis (Plan A), that prepares students for an advanced degree. For more information view the capstone thesis checklist (PDF).
- Completing a capstone project (Plan B) that is desgined for students planning to do applied research. For more information, view the capstone project checklist (PDF).
Interested in a coursework-based master's degree? Learn more about an M.Ed. in family education.
How to apply
Complete applications are due March 1st.
The number of graduate applicants admitted into the program varies from year to year.
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.
- Evidence of strong academic preparation and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship, including research.
- Fit of applicant's professional goals with FSoS faculty scholarship and with the overall FSoS mission: enhancing the well-being of diverse families in a changing world.
- Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity.
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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