Syracuse University

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Child and Family Studies


Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Child and Family Studies; M.S.-Child and Family Studies, Ph.D.-Child and Family Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Syracuse University's Department of Child and Family Studies, housed in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, offers master's (M.A., M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in child and family studies, with possible specializations in child development, family studies, or early childhood education. The faculty in the Department of Child and Family Studies are committed to educating highly trained professionals to work with children, adolescents, and families. Students in the department may earn a master of science (M.S.) or master of arts (M.A.) degree gaining specialization in the areas of child development, family studies, or early childhood education. The M.S. program prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree and ultimately, a career in higher education providing relevant education and research training. The M.A. program prepares students to work directly with children and families in various educational, familial, or community settings. Courses and training emphasize multicultural perspectives in child and family relationships and diverse research methodologies and scholarship. The department’s student population is diverse, including students from several countries and cultures who represent a variety of educational and career backgrounds. The degree programs are flexible, allowing for either full or part-time study. In addition, students may tailor their studies to fit their personal and career interests by choosing elective supportive coursework areas including education, psychology, sociology, women’s studies, social work, or public administration. Students may complete coursework that prepares them to apply for certification as a Family Life Educator, as administered by the National Council on Family Relations.


The Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School on the SU campus, a high- quality inclusive early childhood education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30-72

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1206.00 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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