Master's Degrees in Child, Youth and Family Studies

In 1992, the Department of Human Development and the Family merged with the Department of Consumer Science and Education to form the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The graduate faculty in the combined departments chose to keep the Human Development and the Family for the graduate program while they reviewed their total curricular offerings. In May 1995, this departmental review was complete and a name change for the reviewed program was submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies. In November 1995, the Board of Regents approved the name change of the graduate program to Family and Consumer Sciences. In August 2007, the Board of Regents approved the name change of the graduate program to Child, Youth and Family Studies. The six specializations have a central focus on issues that relate to children and families. In addition, the department offers four certificate programs.


Certificate Programs

Upon graduation students in these programs will have competency in each of the following areas:

  • Develop new knowledge
  • Integrate theory, research, and practice
  • Develop a professional identify
  • Understand role in a global and multi-cultural context
  • Utilize current information and research technologies
  • Disseminate and facilitate the sharing of information
  • Collaborate and cooperate with professionals and others

Each specialization area may meet these competencies in a variety of ways and will evaluate their program using these competencies as the basis for program assessment. Complete information on the graduate program can be found in the Graduate Handbook.