Master's Degree in Prevention Science
Understanding & Using What Works
Prevention Science is a multi-disciplinary comprehensive approach to identify how best to promote the well-being of diverse families and communities by bridging research and practice. You will study:
- Relevant theoretical frameworks,
- risk and protective factors,
- research and evaluation methodologies,
- implementation and translational research, and
- factors related to community and system change initiatives.
The master's degree program in prevention science offers you two options:
- Completing a capstone thesis (Plan A) that prepares students for an advanced degree. For more information view the capstone thesis checklist (PDF).
- Completing a capstone project (Plan B) that is designed for students planning to work in the field of prevention science. For more information view the capstone project checklist (PDF).
A master's degree in prevention science will prepare you for a variety of careers, including program and service coordinators, trainers and educators, quality improvement professionals, applied researchers and scientists.
How to apply
Completed applications are due March 1st.
The number of graduate applicants admitted into the program varies from year to year.
Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information with no single factor determining an applicant's success or failure
- Evidence of strong academic preparation and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship, including research.
- Fit of applicant's professional goals with FSoS prevention science faculty scholarship and with the overall FSoS mission: enhancing the well-being of diverse families in a changing world.
- Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity.
The program of study for the M.A. degree is planned by the student and the faculty adviser, approved by the director of graduate studies, and then filed with the Graduate School.
Financing your education
Visit OneStop Student Services: Finances for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.
Visit Assistantships, Fellowships, & Other Funding 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.
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