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

Featured Alumnus:
William Allen
Ph.D., 1997

Hooked on families:
Allen, '97, has focused on cultural diversity and the role of fathers in family life throughout his career.

Learn more about
William Allen's accolades and achievements.


Read our alumni news and find out where they've gone with their degrees.

Student Feature

Emerging Scholar:
Jessica Rudi
Ph.D. student

Rudi focuses her research on emerging adults' use of communication technology.

Learn more about Rudi's accomplishments and news.

Learn about what our other grad students are pursing and achieving.

Faculty Feature

Expert Adviser:
Jodi Dworkin
Associate Professor

Applied research, discoveries in action:
Professor Dworkin is an extension specialist with research and outreach intertwined. She's able to go beyond her research and apply it directly to families.

Learn more about Dworkin's research on risk-taking youth as well as her applied outreach with parents of adolescents.

Learn more about our faculty research areas and specialties.