College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Graduate Minor and Continuing Ed Programs

Family Social Science graduate minors and continuing education programs offer the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine how families develop and grow within various contexts and cultures.

Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders and researchers committed to your success.

To learn more, explore their research projects, or watch videos of faculty members discussing their work.

Explore Graduate Minors

These minors include research and coursework across the breadth of family social science, including community collaborations and system change initiatives.

Graduate-level minors are offered at both the master's and PhD levels. Learn social science methods to deepen your understanding of parents, children, and couples in today's complex family systems. Your coursework will include family theory, research methods, and core family content.

This program will prepare you to promote healthy behaviors in populations across the lifespan. You will learn about systematic efforts to reduce the incidence of unhealthy or maladaptive behaviors, how to design and evaluate interventions and use this knowledge strategically to improve programs and advocate for change.

Continuing Education

The Ambiguous Loss online noncredit certificate program is led by Dr. Pauline Boss, professor emeritus and the groundbreaking therapist revered as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of ambiguous loss.

This online professional development course will prepare you to become proficient in understanding and applying ambiguous loss theory and includes a professional development Certificate of Completion and 15 CEUs from the University of Minnesota.

Go Deeper

Learn more about Family Social Science graduate programs in the the online Family Social Science Graduate Handbook.

Faculty and Staff Contacts

  • Sumitra Madhuri Ramachandran, Graduate Program Coordinator
    Contact her if you have questions about FSOS Graduate programs at

Family Social Science Leadership