Feb 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Sciences, MSFS

The family sciences master’s (M.S.) program uses an integrative approach to learning about improving individual, family, and community well-being. The program prepares students for immediate employment in their chosen area, and also provides an excellent foundation for subsequent matriculation into a doctoral program. 

Five emphasis areas are available in the family sciences master’s program: (a) adolescent development, (b) aging, (c) couple and family therapy, (d) family finance and economics, and (e) family processes. The couple and family therapy (CFT) emphasis area is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).   


Admission Requirements

Students must have a bachelor’s degree prior to admission into the master’s program. Admissions are conducted one time each year; the application deadline is January 15 for admission Fall Semester of the same calendar year. Applicants must submit a statement of their academic goals for the M.S. degree and three letters of recommendation. See https://fam.ca.uky.edu/content/applications-and-admissions for details. 


Degree Requirements

Credit Requirements: 

  • Total credit hours required for non-CFT emphasis areas: 30 

  • Total credit hours required for CFT emphasis area: 53 

Course requirements for all emphasis areas: 

Additional requirements for CFT emphasis area: 


  • All students will work with their advisory committee to select a data analysis course (e.g., qualitative or quantitative). Students in the adolescent development, aging, family finance and economics, and family processes emphasis areas will work their advisory committee to select at least 5 credit hours in their emphasis area. 

  • Other than the data analysis course, students in the CFT emphasis follow a proscribed course of study. 

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