Master's Degree in Family Studies

The M.S. specialization in family studies prepares students to analyze, synthesize and apply existing research knowledge related to families and human services. The program includes theory, research and program components. Beyond this core, students tailor their programs of study to their own individual backgrounds and professional goals. Specific emphases are provided in research methodology, family life education, personal financial planning, conflict resolution and youth development - however, students may create individual areas of emphasis, as well. Students will work with their individual supervising committees to create their programs of study including coursework, practica and other professional experiences to achieve both the general background and the specific focus most relevant to their professional goals.

Required Courses

At least 34 hours of course work is required, as outlined below.

Core Coursework (16 credits)
  • FSHS 800 - Orientation to FSHS Graduate Program (0)
  • FSHS 825 - Family Resource Management (3)
  • FSHS 850 - Family Studies (3)
  • FSHS 852 - Contemporary Family Theories (3)
  • FSHS 871 - Family Life Education Foundations and Methods (3)
  • FSHS 888 - Research Methods in FSHS I (3)
  • FSHS 898 - Professional and Ethical Issues in Family Studies (1)
Electives

These 18 credits of electives should be based on student's professional goals and must be approved by the student's master's committee. They may include thesis hours (FSHS 899). See emphasis options for other suggestions based on career goals.

End of Program Requirements

In addition to the course requirements, the following are required:

  1. A written document. The students, with committee approval, must complete one of the following types of written documents:
    • a master's thesis (requiring 6 hours of FSHS 899)
    • a master's report (requiring 2 hours of FSHS 899)
  2. An oral examination by the student’s committee with emphasis on the written document.

Emphasis Options

Emphasis in Family Life Education and CFLE *
  • FSHS 865 - Human Sexuality *
  • FSHS 824 - Parent-Child Relations *
  • FSHS 860 - Family Policy *
  • FSHS 820 - Theories of Human Development *
  • FSHS 881 - Practicum in Family and Community Services *
  • FSHS 893 - Program Evaluation
  • A course focused on Interpersonal Relationships *
Emphasis in Research Methods
  • FSHS 806 - Statistical Methods in FSHS I
  • FSHS 890 - Research Methods in FSHS II
    or
    FSHS 902 - Qualitative Methods in FSHS
  • FSHS 899 - Masters Research (6 credits)
  • FSHS 893 - Program Evaluation
Emphasis in Conflict Resolution
  • FSHS 751 - Conflict Resolution: Core Skills and Strategies
  • FSHS 752 - Culture and Conflict
  • FSHS 753 - Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • FSHS 754 - Organizational Conflict
  • FSHS 755 - Family Mediation

The School of Family Studies and Human Services offers a graduate certificate in conflict resolution. It requires four 3-credit courses (a total of 12 credits). Therefore, students may earn a graduate certificate in conflict resolution as they also complete the requirements for a master's degree in family studies.

Emphasis in Personal Financial Planning

The School of Family Studies and Human Services offers a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Students who choose to pursue the certificate would need to successfully complete the required courses. See requirements on the Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning page.

Additionally, students also may create their own set of electives, with the guidance and approval of their major professor and supervisory committee, within personal financial planning to meet their own individual professional goals.

Emphasis in Youth Development

The School of Family Studies and Human Services offers an online master's degree in Youth Development. See requirements on the Youth Development page.

Additionally, students pursuing a master's degree in family studies also may create their own set of electives, with the guidance and approval of their major professor and supervisory committee, within youth development to meet their own individual professional goals.

Contact Information

Students interested in this option with questions about program requirements or curriculum should contact:

Karen Myers-Bowman
Program Chair
Family Studies
School of Family Studies and Human Services
308 Justin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-1491
karensm@k-state.edu

Students interested in this option with questions about admissions should contact:

Connie J. Fechter
Graduate Program Admissions Coordinator
School of Family Studies and Human Services
304 Justin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-1473
fechter@k-state.edu

Deadlines

Please submit the required application materials by February 1 for Summer and Fall admissions or October 1 for Spring admission. International applicant deadlines are as follows: February 1 for Fall admission, August 1 for Spring admission, and December 1 for Summer admission.