Child and Family Sciences MS

Earn your online Child and Family Sciences Master's degree at Southern Miss!

Program-at-a-Glance (Graduate)

Credit Hours:

Total Hours: 37

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1-3 years *pending hours enrolled

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No GRE required

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Are you interested in working with families in diverse settings? Do you want to learn the skills necessary to promote the quality of a family’s life and serve as an effective advocate for families across their lifespans? If so, the online Child and Family Sciences Master of Science (CFS MS) program from The University of Southern Mississippi is for you!

Our CFS MS is now offered fully online. Child and Family Sciences is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the family in relation to the self and society. It includes academic research, family life education, early childhood development, human and social services, human development, and public health. Ultimately, child and family professionals are dedicated to promoting a better quality of life for all families. For additional information about this program, see the FAQ.

The Child and Family Sciences Master of Science program offers three pathways to a degree: 1. Family Life Education, which is designed for students who plan to work with children and/or families in community settings. Because our program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), our graduates who follow this pathway are eligible for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential; 2) The Early Childhood Education pathway option will allow you to obtain a Mississippi teaching license for pre-K/Kindergarten grade levels and use your skills in a classroom environment. However, we do not guarantee that we will meet the licensure requirements of other states; 3. Child Life seeks to meet most of the academic requirements for the Certified Child Life Specialist credential given by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Will you need an undergraduate degree first? Check out our fully online Child and Family Sciences BS here! Looking for more? Our enrollment coaches are here to help. Click here for more info! This is your life, plus college!

Scholarship opportunities are available for online students! Our Online Student Scholarship gives first-time, fully online students an opportunity for $500 towards their first semester. To get started with our Online Student Scholarship or to view our list of available scholarships for which you may qualify, visit our Student Scholarship page now! The School of Child and Family Sciences has 13 departmental scholarships available for students each year. All university scholarship opportunities can be found at School-specific scholarships can be found on the school’s website.

The Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers to applicants to this program. There are currently no GRE requirements for this degree!

What can you do with a Child and Family Sciences Master’s degree?

A Master’s in Child and Family Sciences equips you with a deep understanding of child and family dynamics, preparing you to make a positive impact through direct services, research, education, or advocacy within family life.

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