Welcome Future Students!

Where do you want to go with a Family Social Science degree?

I want to be a family therapy researcher, trainer, or provider.

Learn more about our Ph.D., in Family Social Science, Couple & Family Therapy Specialization.


If you already have a clinical master's degree in C/MFT (or other appropriate clinical training), and want to learn about clinical research, a Ph.D. - Family Social Science in our CFT program can lead you to the following career paths: faculty member, program administrator, clinical practitioner.

Alumni of this program accept academic positions and practice-oriented positions. Click here to view a list of where some of our alumni have accepted positions.

If you are just getting started with your higher education career, a bachelor's degree in Family Social Science is the first step in reaching your goal of becoming a family therapy researcher, trainer, or provider. Learn more about our B.S. in Family Social Science.

I want to conduct research about families.

Learn more about our M.A. - Family Social Science, Master's Plan A, our Ph.D. - Family Social Science, Family Science Specialization, or combine them and earn two degrees at once.


If you have a master's degree and want to learn about research, a Ph.D. in Family Social Science can lead you to a career as a faculty member or a research scientist.

If you have a bachelor's degree and want to learn more about research and possibly pursue a Ph.D., a Master's Plan A can lead you to the same career path as the Ph.D. in Family Social Science if you decide to pursue it.

Alumni of these programs accept academic positions and practice-oriented positions. Click here to view a list of locations where our alumni work.

Curious about the difference between M.A. and M.Ed.?

If you are just getting started with your higher education career, a bachelor's degree in Family Social Science is the first step in reaching your goal of conducting research in family social science. Learn more about our B.S. in Family Social Science.

I want to work in partnership with family social science-related organizations.

Learn more about our M.A. - Family Social Science, Master's Plan B.


If you have a bachelor's degree and want to work in partnership with community organizations, a Master's Plan B can lead you to a career path in program evaluation.

Alumni of this program go on to accept positions within community-based organizations. Click here to view a list of positions our alumni have accepted.

Curious about the difference between M.A. and M.Ed.?

If you are just getting started with your higher education career, a bachelor's degree in Family Social Science is the first step in reaching your goal of pursuing applied work in the field of family social science. Learn more about our B.S. in Family Social Science.

I want to be a parent and family educator

Learn more about our M.Ed. - Family Education, Master's Plan C.


If you have a bachelor's degree and want to further your skills in family education, an M.Ed. can help you to design, develop, and evaluate family education programs.

If you plan to work in Minnesota's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program, we also offer a combination M.Ed. - Family Education/Parent and Family Education License.

Curious about the difference between M.A. and M.Ed.?

Certificates in Parent Education are available if you would like to earn a practitioner credential in parent education and work outside of Minnesota.

You can also pursue the Parent and Family Education License separately from the M.Ed.

Alumni of the Parent and Family Education program are in positions that include

  • Parent educators in ECFE
  • Family engagement coordinators in schools
  • Home visitors

If you are just getting started with your higher education career, a bachelor's degree in Family Social Science is the first step in reaching your goal of becoming a family educator. Learn more about our B.S. in Family Social Science.


Family Social Science Faces

Alumni Feature

William Allen
Ph.D., 1997

Hooked on Families:
Allen focuses on cultural diversity and the role of fathers in family life.

Student Feature

Kimberly Diggles
Ph.D., 2013

Understanding Race:
Diggles studies how parents teach kids about identity.

Professor Abi Gewirtz

Abi Gewirtz
Associate Professor

A Privilege to Serve:
Gewirtz is improving outcomes for children and families affected by trauma and extreme stress.

Fadumo Ibrahim

Fadumo Ibrahim
B.S., 2013

A Global Backpack:
Ibrahim connects with communities wherever she goes.

Ashley Landers

Ashley Landers
Ph.D. Student

Reuniting Families:
Landers works with children and families through a sequence of changes.

Yoav Lavee

Yoav Lavee
Ph.D., 1985

Understanding Family Stress:
Lavee helps families cope with both everyday pressures and traumatic events.

Professor Tai Mendenhall

Tai Mendenhall
Associate Professor

Helping Families Survive Tragedy:
Mendenhall prepares students to bridge the gap between acute and long-term care.

Stormi Peters

Stormi Peters
B.S. Student

Community Connector:
FSoS is a natural fit for Peters.

Lizzie Rahm

Lizzie Rahm
B.S., 2013

Giving Back:
Rahm blends research and volunteer interests with heart.

Pang Foua Yang Rhodes

Pang Foua Yang Rhodes
Ph.D., 2008

Learning the Language of Love:
Rhodes helps young couples build strong marriages.

Carynn Roehrick

Carynn Roehrick
B.S., 2003

A Sense of Home:
Roehrick coordinates thousands of volunteers serving families of children at U hospitals.

Pamela Steinle

Pamela Steinle
M.Ed., 2004

The Law of Good Listening:
The real thrill of Steinle's legal career is helping people.

Degi Tserendamba

Degi Tserendamba
B.S., 2012

Bridging Generations:
Tserendamba studies families in her home country of Mongolia.

Professor Liz Wieling

Elizabeth Wieling
Associate Professor

Healing in a World of Pain:
Wieling develops evidence-based interventions for families impacted by organized violence.

Professor Zha Blong Xiong

Zha Blong Xiong
Associate Professor

Crossing Generations:
Xiong draws on personal experience in his research of Southeast Asian immigrants.