International Family Studies

International Family Studies Master of Science (M.S.)

The International Family Studies specialization is not currently admitting new students.

The Master of Science Degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies with a specialization in International Family Studies is designed to provide you with the comprehensive understanding and broad-based skills necessary for strengthening families across the globe through research, service and policy intervention.

The online International Family Studies program focuses on professional roles related to international family services with perspectives on families and communities and the ability to act effectively and ethically in decision-making and problem-solving.

The program offers a cutting-edge, unique, intercultural curriculum developed together by scholars and educators around the world through a partnership with institutions in the Global Consortium for International Family Studies (GCIFS).


  • Government Agencies
  • Immigration
  • Health and Military
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • NGO Offices
  • Philanthropic Organizations
  • International Corporations
  • Humanitarian Services

Application to this program

Required materials:

Graduate Studies Application
Unofficial Transcripts
Statement of Professional Goals
Three Letters of Reference
Other Application Materials
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Degree Requirements

This online master's degree is a 36 credit hour program. The degree program consists of up to seven core courses (21 credit hours), plus 15 credit hours of a combination of elective courses and other learning experiences to make a total of 36 credits. This combination could include internship experiences, electives or additional courses, practice research experience, and thesis.

Option I Master's Degree:

  • 21 credits from the 7 required core courses
  • 9 credits practicum/internship or a combination of practicum/internship and elective coursework
  • 6 credits of master’s thesis

Option III Master's Degree:

  • 21 credits from the 7 required core courses
  • 6 credits from elective course(s)
  • 6 credits from practicum/internship
  • 3 credits research other than thesis

Core Courses:

Faculty advising students in this program area include: