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Program Coordinators:
(Undergraduate) Dr. Sandra McClintic • • 940-898-2274
(Graduate) Dr. Joyce Armstrong • • 940-898-2690

Except for the Family Studies 100% Online Masters program, major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.  Face-to-face courses are only offered on the TWU Denton campus.

A degree in Family Studies prepares students to work in a variety of satisfying career roles aimed at strengthening families and creating positive futures for everyone.  Family Studies graduates have careers in:

  • Human services
  • Family-related agencies
  • Working with families in social service agencies ranging from child to geriatric
  • Services to church and family planning agencies
  • Parent or family life educators
  • Serves as an excellent foundation for graduate degrees in family studies, family therapy, and counseling and development.

What our current and former students say about this program:

Undergraduate Degree Plans 

Admissions Process & Prerequisites

Graduate Degrees

For M.S. admission:
Rolling admission - no deadline to apply.

For Ph.D. admission:
Deadline to apply for Fall admission is March 1st.
Deadline to apply for Spring admission is October 1st.
Deadline to apply for Summer admission is February 1st.

Interview Day and Qualifying Program Exam for Ph.D. applicants:
Interview day is March 4 for summer/fall 2016 admission.
Interview day is October 21 for spring 2016 admission.
Qualifying Program Exam for doctoral students is February 26, 2016.
Qualifying Program Exam for doctoral students is September 30, 2016.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • M.S., Family Studies  [Online Program] [PDF]
    (minimum GPA 3.00 for most current 60 hours of work)
    A vita/resume and letter of intent is also required)
  • Ph.D. Family Studies  (PDF)
    (minimum GPA 3.35 for completed master’s and/or post-master’s work.
    A vita/resume and letter of intent is also required)

Letter of Intent Guidelines  •  Letter of Intent Scoring Rubric

CFLE Application

Family Studies curriculum has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Professional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.  Relevant course work for each of the 10 family life substance areas needed for Provisional CFLE designation must be taken and graduates qualify to complete the abbreviated CFLE application process.

Deadline to apply via the abbreviated process is two years after your date of graduation. When applying include the application, course checklist and a transcript.

CFLE Application 
CFLE Graduate Course Checklist 
CFLE Undergraduate Course Checklist 

Note:  The B.S. in Family Studies: Occupational Therapy does not offer courses leading to a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.

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