College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

M.Ed. in Family Education

Education at the foundation of society

Family is the basic building block of society—the environment where we first learn about the world, build skills for our earliest explorations, and acquire the beliefs and behaviors that can help or hinder us throughout life.

The Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Family Education recognizes this vital role and our tremendous responsibility to equip parents and caregivers with evidence-based tools and knowledge that will foster stronger, healthier families and children.

Career options

This degree will prepare you to design, deliver, and evaluate family-focused programs for adult learners. Interested in preparing for a teaching license while earning your M.Ed? Learn more on the M.Ed. with Parent and Family Education License page.

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Program options

The M.Ed. in Family Education offers you two options:

Unsure which program is right for you? Learn more about these options in the Parent and Family Education program manual.

View current departmental course offerings.

How to apply

Application deadlines:

M.Ed. in Family Education

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • October 1 for spring admission

Begin your application and learn more about the Department's specific application requirements on the How to apply page.

How to

If you have any questions, please e-mail, or call 612-625-2705.

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.


Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. academic institution or foreign equivalent, evidence of strong academic preparation, and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship.
  • Alignment of applicant's professional goals with the Parent and Family Education program's goals to prepare practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for parents and families.
  • Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity.

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