Master's in Family Social Science
A broad foundation of family science expertise
Family Social Science is a unique program using the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine human development over the lifespan and how families work within various contexts and cultures. You will study:
- conceptual theoretical frameworks
- research and evaluation methodologies
- implementation and translational research
- community collaborations and system change initiatives
Interested in a coursework-based master's degree? Learn more about an MEd in Family Education.
Interested in pursuing a doctoral degree but have not yet earned a master's degree? You may apply for the joint MA/PhD in Family Science program. You'll enter as a master's candidate and following the completion of your master's thesis, will be evaluated to continue into the doctoral program.
A Master's degree in Family Social Science will prepare you for a variety of careers in academia, clinical administration and leadership, policy-related firms, government agencies, independent research institutions, school systems, and social service or health care organizations.
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The Master's in Family Social Science program 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 do applied research. For more information view the capstone project checklist (PDF).
- MA only applications are due March 1, 2023 for fall 2023 admission
- MA/PhD applications are due December 1, 2022 for fall 2023 admission
The number of graduate applicants admitted into the program varies from year to year.
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Admission to the Department of Family Social Science (FSoS) is based on a review of multiple sources of information:
- Evidence of strong academic preparation and the ability and desire to perform graduate level scholarship, including research.
- Alignment of applicant's professional goals with FSoS faculty scholarship and with the department's mission.
- Unique contributions applicant would make to FSoS values, including social relevance, collaboration, inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, and diversity.
The program of study for the master's degree is planned by the student and the faculty adviser, approved by the director of graduate studies, and then filed with the Graduate School.