Overview of Major
The Master of Science degree in Child and Family Studies is a fully online program that focuses on the integration of theory, research and experiential learning. It builds on a foundation in family systems theory and emphasizes leadership, critical thinking skills, and the connection between research and practice. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills necessary to promote quality of life and to serve as an effective advocate for families across the lifespan. The program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours (with 18 hours of 600 level or higher).
The program prepares graduates to create positive change through careers in organizations, agencies, and educational settings that serve children and families. Program graduates are also prepared to pursue advanced graduate work at the specialist and doctoral levels.
Special Program Requirements
Students seeking admission to this degree program must meet all admission criteria for the department and have a minimum GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) on the last 64 hours of undergraduate study to qualify for regular admission.
Applicants must submit, in addition to other department admission requirements noted earlier, a letter of intent which contains a clear statement of professional goals and philosophy of professionalism.
Prior to taking written and oral comprehensive examinations, students must remove all grades of “I” (incomplete) from their records.
Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.