Ph.D. in Family Social Science
A nationally renowned program
The Family Social Science doctoral program offers you a unique program of study using the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine how families work within various contexts and cultures. You will learn to:
- integrate family theory, research, and practice
- produce scholarly research
- develop effective and innovative teaching skills
Your program of study will include research and coursework across the breadth of family social science, including child adjustment in families; families and culture; families and financial decisions; family formation and intergenerational studies; families, loss, and trauma; and intimate family relationships. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders and researchers committed to your success. Explore their research projects.
The program offers specializations in Family Science or Couple & Family Therapy (also known as Marriage & Family Therapy) as well as an option to apply for a combined Master's/Ph.D. program if you do not already hold a master's degree.
The Family Science Specialization includes coursework, research engagement, and intense mentoring from faculty to prepare you to contribute to the broader field of Family Science. The Graduate Program Handbook has details and timelines that will help you launch your career and build a foundation for your personal and professional success.
The Couple & Family Therapy Specialization, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, features rigorous training in CFT research informed by diverse disciplines and perspectives. Admission to this specialization is available to doctoral candidates who have already earned a clinical master's degree or have achieved equivalent clinical experience as determined by the CFT faculty. Learn more about program outcomes.
In addition, the University of Minnesota is an accredited marriage and family therapy training program approved by the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education.
A Ph.D. in Family Social Science will prepare you to pursue a career in academia or clinical administration and leadership, as well as opportunities in policy-related firms, government agencies, independent research institutions, school systems, and health care organizations.
The Ph.D. in Family Social Science program offers you the following options:
- Family Science Specialization checklist (PDF).
- Couple & Family Therapy Specialization checklist (PDF).
- Master's/Ph.D option checklist (PDF).
How to apply
Completed applications are due December 1.
Begin your application process at the Graduate Admissions website.
The Department of Family Social Science also has specific application requirements for this program.
If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Financing your education
Visit OneStop Student Services: Finances for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.
Visit the Assistantships, Fellowships, & Other Funding page for more information on funding opportunities through FSoS, CEHD, and UMN.
More information regarding assistantships and benefits can be found on the Office of Human Resources website.
Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information:
Candidates who pass an initial review by faculty will be invited to an on-campus interview in early February 2019.