Graduate Programs in Child, Youth and Family Studies


Graduate Student Orientation

  • August 18
  • 9 am: CYAF All Graduate Orientation (new + current students)
  • 10 am: CYAF Graduate Assistantship Orientation
  • 1:30 pm: CYAF Graduate Teaching Orientation
  • August 22
  • Ruth Staples Child Development Lab Orientation (All Day)
  • August 23
  • Department Office CLOSED for Faculty/Staff Retreat
  • 9:00 am: Graduate Studies Welcome Orientation and Workshop

Child, Youth and Family Studies offers programs of study leading to both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The department also offers several graduate certificates for those wanting to specialize in particular areas of study. Master's degrees are offered both on-campus and on-line. These programs prepare students with the skills they need to work in the modern human services market place. Emphasis in these programs is on innovation in curriculum development and service delivery. The doctoral programs prepare students for leadership roles in research, practice, and education. The Department offers the following program Specializations:

Child Development/Early Childhood Education (Masters, Ph. D.)

Family and Community Services (Masters)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (Masters)

Family Financial Planning (Masters, Certificate)

Family Science (Ph. D.)

Gerontology (Ph. D.)

Human and Family Services Administration (Masters)

International Family Studies (Masters)

Marriage and Family Therapy (Masters)

Youth Development (Certificate, Masters)

Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (Certificate)

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Contact Us

Questions about application process, deadlines, or status?

Diane Carson
Clerical Associate
135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0236
Phone: (402)472-8209
Email: dcarson2@unl.edu


Questions about Great Plains IDEA programs?

Lisa King
Staff Assistant
135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0236
Phone: (402) 472-7787
Email: lking2@unl.edu


Graduate Chair:

Julia Torquati, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
247 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0236
Phone: (402) 472-1674
Email: jtorquati1@unl.edu