Fairfield University

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions

Family Studies


1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. -Family Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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.


New England Association of Schools and COlleges (NEASC)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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