What can you do with a Family Social Science degree?
Family Social Science graduates are prepared for careers as researchers, trainers, and providers in family studies, family and community engagement, family therapy, and family financial studies.
Family Social Science alumni can be found globally in academic appointments, research institutions, and practice-oriented positions. Read their stories on the Alumni & Friends page.
If you are just getting started with your higher education career, a Bachelor's in Family Social Science is the first step in reaching your goals.
The department offers three specializations:
- Family & Community Engagement to prepare you to work directly with families in community settings;
- Family Therapy to prepare you for entry level clinical work; or
- Family Financial Studies to assist families with financial issues as a coach, counselor, or other programs.
These specializations are also offered as Undergraduate Minors in Family Social Science that will enhance other programs of study with an understanding of family systems.
The Department of Family Social Science has several master’s degree paths that will expand your career options. The Master’s degree in Family Social Science offers two completion tracks – a capstone thesis or capstone project - as well as a combined master’s/doctoral degree option.
The M.Ed. in Family Education is an online master’s degree that prepares you to deliver education programs to parents and families. In addition, the M.Ed. features a track that fulfills requirements for the parent education specialty teaching license.
The Department also offers a new Master's degree in Prevention Science, a multi-disciplinary comprehensive degree that bridges research and practice to promote the well-being of diverse families and communities.
A Graduate Minor in Family Social Science is available to students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees. Enhance your program of study with an understanding of family theories, family research methods, and core family content.
Already have a master's degree? A Ph.D. in Family Social Science can a launch your career in academia, program administration, or as a research scientist. You will use social science insights and methods to examine how families work within various contexts and cultures to improve their well-being.
If you hold a clinical master's degree in Couples/Marriage Family Therapy (or other appropriate clinical training), and want to learn about clinical research, the Family Social Science Ph.D. with a CFT specialization is only one of 20 programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
In addition, we offer a Ph.D. Minor in Prevention Science that will add a valuable dimension to other graduate programs of study.
The Department of Family Social Science offers an online Parent Education certificate that is designed to prepare professionals to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services for families with children from early childhood through adolescence.The online Parent and Family Education License program prepares you to teach parent and family education in Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. Credits earned can be applied towards a M.Ed., Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Family Social Science.
Financing your education
The Department of Family Social Science has a variety of assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and travel funds to support your graduate education. Read more about these funds, as well as College and University resources.