Master of Science in Family Studies

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All degree plans are developed in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and are based on current departmental requirements as well as individual student needs and objectives. No grade below ‘B’ is accepted toward the master’s degrees described below.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

34 semester credit hours (thesis option or professional paper) or
35 semester credit hours (non-thesis / portfolio option)

Required

Courses in research and subject matter specified in degree plan.

Final Examination

Most programs require an oral defense of the thesis or portfolio. This examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student’s advisory committee, with the approval of the chair of the department.

Master of Science in Family Studies Program of Study (34 or 35 semester credit hours)

Thesis Option (34 semester credit hours) 

Required Foundation I (7 SCH)
To be completed in first 2 semesters.
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5221Seminar in Family Sciences1
Required Foundation II (6 SCH)
FS 5823Families and Public Policy3
FS 5833Family Economics3
Research (6 SCH)
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Content Specialization (9 SCH)
Select 9 semester credit hours from the following:9
Family Sexuality
Families as Consumers
Family Changes and Diversity
Communication in Marriage and Family
Parenting Education
Aging in Families and Society
Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs
Communication in Marriage and Family
Adolescents in the Family
Gender Role Development
Family Crises
Housing and Families
Time Management for Families
Teaching Family Sciences
Practicum in Family Sciences
Professional Competency (6 SCH)
Taken in final semester(s).
FS 5983Thesis3
FS 5993Thesis3
Total Semester Credit Hours34


Professional Paper Option (34 semester credit hours) 

Required Foundation I (7 SCH)
To be completed in first 2 semesters.
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5221Seminar in Family Sciences1
Required Foundation II (6 SCH)
FS 5823Families and Public Policy3
FS 5833Family Economics3
Research (6 SCH)
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Content Specialization (12 SCH)
Select 12 semester credit hours from the following:12
Family Sexuality
Families as Consumers
Family Changes and Diversity
Communication in Marriage and Family
Parenting Education
Aging in Families and Society
Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs
Communication in Marriage and Family
Adolescents in the Family
Gender Role Development
Family Crises
Housing and Families
Time Management for Families
Teaching Family Sciences
Practicum in Family Sciences
Professional Competency (3 SCH)
Taken in final semester(s).
FS 5973Professional Paper3
Total Semester Credit Hours34


Non-thesis / Portfolio Option (35 semester credit hours) 

Required Foundation I (7 SCH)
To be completed in first 2 semesters.
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5221Seminar in Family Sciences1
Required Foundation II (6 SCH)
FS 5823Families and Public Policy3
FS 5833Family Economics3
Research (6 SCH)
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Content Specialization (15 SCH)
Select 15 semester credit hours from the following:15
Family Sexuality
Families as Consumers
Family Changes and Diversity
Communication in Marriage and Family
Parenting Education
Aging in Families and Society
Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs
Communication in Marriage and Family
Adolescents in the Family
Gender Role Development
Family Crises
Housing and Families
Time Management for Families
Teaching Family Sciences
Practicum in Family Sciences
Professional Competency (1 SCH)
Taken in final semester(s).
FS 5911Independent Study (Portfolio)1
Total Semester Credit Hours35


Family Resource Management Emphasis Option or Content Specialization 

Family Resource Management Emphasis Option or Content Specialization
FS 5103Families as Consumers3
FS 5713Housing and Families3
FS 5803Time Management for Families3
FS 5833Family Economics3
FS 5843Teaching Family Sciences3
FS 5933Practicum in Family Sciences3
Total Semester Credit Hours18