Family Studies (M.S.)

Family Studies (M.S.)

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

As you prepare to guide parents toward new ideas, a degree in Family Studies will train you to provide emotional support to parents learning about the important role of raising children. You will develop skills to study parent and family issues related to early childhood family education and family studies as you focus on understanding children's behavior and development in the context of family and community life.

Program Highlights

  • Student candidates participate in a student teaching opportunity in an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. 
  • Program uses group- and project-based assignments and focused observations of programs.
  • Designed for both full- and part-time student candidates.
  • Cohort-like atmosphere offers peer support with the flexibility of enrollment throughout the year.
  • Student candidates come from a variety of undergraduate program backgrounds and professions.
  • Courses meet educational requirements for state of Minnesota Parent Educator licensure.

Program Distinctions

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Rolling) May 15 (Rolling) July 15 (Rolling)
Spring November 15 (Rolling) September 15 (Rolling) November 15 (Rolling)
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Ming-Chi Own

Popular Careers

  • Parent educator
  • Family advocate
  • Hospital parent educator
  • Incarcerated parent educator
  • Children's museum educator

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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