Family Studies

Graduate Programs in Family Studies

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
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Degree Programs

Master of Science in Family Studies — Available 100% online

The 100% online Master’s degree in Family Studies is ranked in the Top 10 Best Online Master’s in Human & Family Development Programs as determined by TheBestSchools.org.

Catalog information for the Master of Science in Family Studies

Ph.D. in Family Studies

Catalog information for th Ph.D. in Family Studies*

*Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats. Face-to-face courses are offered only on the TWU Denton campus.

Courses offered by semester

Admission to the M.S. Family Studies

Program Contact

Joyce Armstrong, Ph.D.
940-898-2690
jarmstrong@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admission

Program is available 100% online

Admission Requirements

  • Completed bachelor's degree in a relevant field from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework.

 How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School
  2. Submit the following documents to HDFSC@twu.edu
    1. Curriculum Vita/Resume highlighting relevant education, experience, and employment.
    2. Two letters of recommendation from relevant, professional sources
    3. Letter of Intent/Essay that meets the following expectations: 
      1. Clearly state the reasons for pursuing a master's degree in Family Studies
      2. State your professional and educational experiences and goals
      3. Be sure that your goals align with program outcomes
      4. Indicate why you would be a good fit for this program
      5. Use professional, formal language and tone
      6. Use correct grammar, spelling, and syntax

 

Admission to the Ph.D. in Family Studies

Program Contact

Joyce Armstrong, Ph.D.
940-898-2690
jarmstrong@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall admission - March 1
Spring admission - October 1
Summer admission - February 1

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed master's degree in a relevant field from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.
  2. Minimum 3.35 GPA on all graduate work.

 How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Submit the following documents to HDFSC@twu.edu 
    1. Curriculum Vita/Resume highlighting relevant education, experience, and employment
    2. Three letters of recommendation from relevant professional or academic sources
    3. Letter of Intent that meets the following expectations:
      1. Clearly state the reason for pursuing a Ph.D. in Family Studies
      2. State your professional and educational experiences and goals
      3. Be sure that your goals align with program outcomes
      4. Indicate why you would be a good fit for this program
      5. Use professional, formal language and tone
      6. Use correct grammar, spelling, and syntax
  3. Participation in an admissions interview and complete an on-site writing sample

Application Information

The online M.S. in family studies has rolling admission — there is no deadline to apply.

For Ph.D. admission:

  • Fall admission applications are due March 1
  • Spring admission applications are due Oct. 1
  • Summer admission applications are due Feb. 1

All applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in family studies must complete a letter of intent and submit a resume/curriculum vitae.

All applicants to the Ph.D. program must participate in an Interview Day.

Steps to Applying

  • Apply to TWU
  • Participate in orientation
  • Contact the advisor included in your letter of acceptance for initial advising

Current student information

CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) and NCFR (National Council on Family Relations) logos

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

The 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.

For more information

Joyce Armstrong, Ph.D., CFLE, CFCS
Graduate Program Coordinator
jarmstrong@twu.edu
940-898-2690

Page last updated 11:39 AM, June 9, 2020