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.


Professional Programs

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


Master's Degrees

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.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.

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


Ph.D. - Family Social Science

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 Social 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.


Ph.D. - Family Social Science, Couple & Family Therapy Specialization

CFT 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 Minor in Family Social Science

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.