Our Programs and Degrees
Select a degree to learn more about the curriculum, the degree experience, and the application process.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.): A multi-disciplinary undergraduate major involving extensive coursework and a rigorous internship. This is a great match for students interested in helping people, developing counseling skills, and understanding human relationships across the lifespan.
Undergraduate Minor: This program allows students to gain an understanding of families from several social science perspectives.
Parent Education Certificate: Prepares professionals to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services. 16 credits, online
Parent & Family Education License: Qualifies professionals to teach parent education in Minnesota's statewide Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. 27 credits, online
M.A. - Family Social Science, (Master's Plan A, with Thesis): Prepares students for an advanced degree in family social science or a related field. 20 coursework credits and 10 thesis research credits
M.A. - Family Social Science, (Master's Plan B, with Project): Designed for students who want to work in the community without pursuing an advanced degree. 26 coursework credits and 4 project credits
M.A. - Prevention Science, (Master's Plan A, with Thesis): Prepares students for an advanced degree in prevention science, family social science, or a related field. 22 coursework credits and 10 thesis research credits
M.A. - Prevention Science, (Master's Plan B, with Project): Designed for students who want to work in the community without pursuing an advanced degree. 26 coursework credits and 4 project credits
M.Ed. - Family Education, (Master's Plan C, Coursework) : Advanced practitioner degree that prepares students to work as family educators. 30 coursework credits and oral exam, can be completed online.
- Combine with the Parent & Family Education License (optional sub plan)
Family Social Science includes child adjustment in family context; families and culture; families and financial decisions; family formation and intergenerational studies; families, loss and trauma; and intimate family relationships.
Students specializing in Family Science typically seek academic positions, positions in applied settings (developing and evaluating private and government policies and practices impacting family well-being), and family-focused grant and program development management positions.
Graduate students may apply for a combined MA/Ph.D. admission if they do not already have a master's degree.
Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. students are trained to become world-class therapists, trainers of therapists, therapy researchers and supervisors, therapy program directors, and therapy administrators.
Admission to the CFT program is available to doctoral applicants who have already obtained a clinical master's degree, or who have achieved equivalent clinical experience, as determined by the CFT faculty.
Graduate students wanting to learn more about the family system and how family science might integrate with their program of study, may choose to complete a minor in Family Social Science.
Graduate students wanting to learn more about systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behavior, and to promote health and adaptive behavior in populations across the lifespan through designing and evaluating interventions, and utilizing knowledge about them more strategically, may choose to complete the Ph.D. minor in Prevention Science.