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Designed to prepare you with the skills to strengthen families through research, service and policy intervention.
Family Studies is an established discipline in the United States and is growing elsewhere in the world. You'll be expected to:
- engage in constructive public discourse to sustain and strengthen families across the globe.
- apply logical, critical and creative thinking.
- gain perspectives on families and communities.
- apply the ability to act effectively and ethically in decision-making and problem-solving.
Who should consider this degree program
- MS students in Family and Consumer Science
- Students with degrees in Family Studies, Child Development, or related fields
- Professionals desiring additional education
- Government Workers (e.g., Immigration, Health, Military)
- World Health Organization Workers
- Philanthropic Organization Workers
- International Corporation Workers
- Humanitarian Workers
Program & Courses
Because of the global nature and different hemispheres of consortium members, the word semester or spring, summer, and fall are not used to describe the start or stop period for courses. Academic terms for the program will run:
- January April
- May August
- September December
No holiday breaks will be recognized during the terms.
The program is made up of 7 core courses (24 credits), 15 credits of a combination of courses and other learning experiences to total 36 credits.
Option I Master's Degree:
- 21 credits from the 7 required core courses
- 9 credits practicum/internship or a combination of practicum/internship and elective coursework
- 6 credits of masters thesis
Option II Master's Degree:
- 21 credits from the 7 required core courses
- 6 credits from elective course(s)
- 6 credits from practicum/internship
- 3 credits research other than thesis
Core CoursesCYAF 837 Families Across the Life Course 3 credit hours
- Exploration of family interactions and individual development across the life span and the cultural, political, and social factors that impact development globally.
CYAF 844 Family Centered Practice Approaches 3 credit hours
- Material and course experiences prepare students for family centered practice regardless of discipline. Course content emphasizes the family as the unit of observation, programming, and intervention.
CYAF 884 Foundations in Family Studies 3 credit hours
- Introduction to the trans-disciplinary field of Family Studies from global perspectives. Theoretical and research approaches to the study of the family in varied cultural and national contexts will be explored.
CYAF 885 Families and Cultural Diversity 3 credit hours
- Critical understanding of the diversity of family forms in their cultural contexts. The impact of history, tradition and contemporary trends on families will be explored. Emphasis will be on recognizing, accepting, and working within a context of diversity of culture and family form.
CYAF 886 Strengths and Challenges of Families Across the World 3 credit hours
- Theoretical, practical and experiential learning to enhance understanding of family strengths and challenges across the world. Principles for developing culturally sensitive strengths-enhancing programming for children and families throughout the world will be addressed.
CYAF 887 International Perspectives On Family Policy 3 credit hours
- Analysis of the systems, contexts and policies that affect individuals and families throughout the world.
CYAF 889 Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation 3 credit hours
- Principles and methods of program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation of family programs in global contexts and across the globe.
Application for Graduate Admission$50 non-refundable application processing feeOne set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (seeupload requirements)If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiencyIf you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80 Technological Requirements PC Processor: Core 2 Duo or Equivalent or better Operating System: Windows XP (Home/Professional) or higher Web Conferencing: Web Camera/ Sound Card & Speakers/ Microphone or Headset with Microphone Internet Connection: High-speed DSL or Cable Modem Browser: Windows IE 7.0 or higher/ Firefox 3.0 or higher Anti-Virus: Current & Updated Anti-virus Software : Microsoft Office 2007 or higher Plug-Ins (download) : Java/ Windows Media Player/Acrobat Reader/Flash/Shockwave/Powerpoint Viewer MAC Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better Operating System: OS 10 X Snow Leopard Web Conferencing: Web Camera/ Sound Card & Speakers/ Microphone or Headset with Microphone Internet Connection: High-speed DSL or Cable Modem Browser: Windows IE 7.0 or higher/ Firefox 3.0 or higher/ Safari 3.0 or higher Anti-Virus: Current & Updated Anti-virus Software : Microsoft Office 2007 or higher Plug-Ins (download) : Quicktime
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