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Master of Arts inFamily Science

Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online

Family Science

The Master of Arts in Family Science prepares professionals to work with societal issues influencing the family, including: economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality and gender.

Our approach to societal problems - such as substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, debt and child abuse - can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers the individual and family as part of larger systems.

Curriculum Overview


Family Science focuses on healthy family functioning within a family-systems perspective, and provides a primarily preventive approach. The skills and knowledge needed for healthy functioning are widely known: strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem, and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Students complete coursework to prepare for helping roles that focus on maintaining healthy families. The Master’s in Family Science degree program includes courses on parenting, family systems, child growth and development, family communication and relationships.

Concordia University’s online M.A. in Family Science program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Graduates earn the international designation of Certified Family Life Educator. Students can choose between a certified or non-certified track, but must do so before the third course in the Family Science degree program. Graduates of the certified track earn the designation of Certified Family Life Educator*.

*Students receiving the CFLE designation will not be required to sit for certifying exam as the program coursework is endorsed by the National Council of Family Relations meeting all criteria without an exam.

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FAS-506 - Families In Society

This course familiarizes the student with an understanding of the history, evolution and demographics of the family. Kinship, family structures, functions and roles are explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on the family's relationship to other systems and institutions in the society.

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Elective Courses


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Proven Results

Concordia’s online and on-campus programs deliver relevant skill sets and real-world career outcomes for professionals in a variety of fields and industries.

95% 95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation.

*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul

$57,736 Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor’s) four years after graduation.

*salary data source: mnedtrends.org

44% CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average.

*Graduate earning data source: collegescorecard.ed.gov

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Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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