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Graduate Certificate in Family Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies housed in the Department of Psychological Science in the College of Arts and Science and is intended for recent graduates, students enrolled in any graduate degree program, and for working professionals. The program includes courses from psychology and other social sciences and public affairs departments as well as counselor education in order to gain in-depth understanding of the connection between human development, family life and the broader social context. The goal of the certificate program is to prepare students for a variety of positions working with children and their families. For more about the field of Family Studies and associated jobs, click here.

A minimum of 17 credits are required for the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies. The curriculum is comprised of 11 credit hours of required course work and 6 additional credits of elective courses. All of these courses are offered by various departments and listed each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students who wish to enroll in courses other than those specified may do so by permission of Director. Course prerequisites or permission of the instructor must also be met. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all certification course work to continue in the program.

Admission to the Graduate College is a prerequisite to admission to the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies Program. Applicants admitted to the Graduate College who wish to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies Program must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have demonstrated satisfactory academic competency by having achieved a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

Information for prospective students regarding the application process can be found here.

Requirements for the Family Studies Certificate Checklist

For further information about the Family Studies program, please contact:

Cynthia Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Director, Family Studies