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.


Step 1: Apply Online

To apply go to and click on Getting Started.

Materials you will be required to upload to the online application:

Step 2: Request letters of recommendation

Three professional references must complete our Recommendation Form electronically and email them to

Step 3: Request official transcripts

Request official transcripts from each institution previously attended whether or not you received a degree from that institution.  Transcripts from University of North Alabama are not required.  Official transcripts can be sent through an electronic transcript service to or mailed to:  Office of Admissions, UNA Box 5011, Florence, AL 35632.    

Step 4: Submit official test score report for GRE or MAT

Official test scores can be sent to the University of North Alabama, test code 1735.  The GRE, MAT and Praxis are offered at UNA.  Visit UNA Testing Services to learn more.

Step 5: Check your Application Status

Visit the Applyweb Applicant Portal at, click on Application Status, you can then login and view your checklist.

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.