Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
M.A. -Family Studies
The Master of Arts degree in Family Studies is a program within the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy and is an
advanced educational track in early childhood, human development, interpersonal relations, and family studies. Graduates
of the program may enter a variety of human services vocations and/or pursue further advanced degrees in human and
family development including early childhood, adolescence, marriage and geriatrics.
The Family Studies program focuses on basic human developmental and behavioral characteristics of the individual within
the context of the family system. The curriculum includes instruction in the conditions that influence human growth and
development; strategies that promote growth and development across the life span; and the study of family systems.
The curriculum is designed to prepare the candidate to pursue doctoral studies in related areas to become educators and
researchers. The program also provides an advanced educational track for the candidate who wishes to seek employment
in the non-clinical areas of social service delivery, research, family policy and family law, parenting and family life education,
health and well-being, prevention and program evaluation. The curriculum covers theory, research and practice with
individuals and families across the life span. The curriculum strives to address diversity, power, privilege and social justice
with the goal of creating an environment that welcomes and provides mentorship to a diverse student body by a diverse
group of faculty and instructors.
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