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 Process

Step 1: Complete the GRE or MAT. Students interested in applying to our program must complete the MAT or GRE. Recommended test scores for admission are available in the following document: Sliding Scale of GPA and Test Scores 

Step 2: Complete and submit the application for the Department of Sociology and Family Studies: Application Form.

Step 3: Have three professional references complete and return our Recommendation Form.

Step 4: Complete the online application for the University of North Alabama:

Frequently Asked Questions (e.g., tuition, fees, etc.)

For more information:

Please contact Dr. Amber Paulk, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, at or (256) 765-4855.