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
  • Serves as an excellent foundation for graduate degrees in family studies, family therapy, and counseling and development.

Degree Programs

Master of Science in Family Studies — Available 100% online

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.

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

See Graduate Programs & Admission Requirements for more information.

Current student information

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
Graduate Program Coordinator
jarmstrong@twu.edu
940-898-2690