Department of Sociology and Family Studies

ONLINE Master of Science in Family Studies

Program Description

Family Studies is the interdisciplinary study of what makes families successful. The core objective of the Master of Science in Family Studies program is to teach students the essential skills and competencies designed to enhance the quality of life within families. Graduates of the program will be prepared to serve as effective leaders in family, community, and social service organizations. The degree program is offered completely online to accommodate working professionals and/or those who do not live in the Florence, AL area.

Program Requirements

The M.S. in Family Studies program is comprised of 33 credit hours of course work and a project or thesis. A list of all required course work and more information about the program of study are available in the Graduate Program Brochure.

Career Options

The M.S. in Family Studies is designed to prepare students to serve as leaders in family, community, and social service organizations.

For a list of professional areas, potential employers, and examples of agencies/organizations serving those needs in Northwest Alabama, please see our link: Career Options in Sociology and Family Studies. Information is provided at this link about job titles that typically required a Master’s degree.

Application Materials

All application requirements are detailed in our Application Form.

As noted in the application form, students must have three professionals complete and return our Recommendation Form.

Students interested in applying must take the MAT or GRE. Information regarding recommended test scores for admission are available in the Sliding Scale of GPA and Test Scores document.

For more information:

  • Please contact Graduate Director, Dr. Amber Paulk at apaulk@una.edu or (256) 765-4855.