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Family and Child Studies, M.A.

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Degree Program: Family and Child Studies
Degree: M.A.
Department: Individual, Family, and Community Education
Program: Family and Child Studies


  • Family Life Education
  • Human Development and Family Relations
  • Early Childhood Studies

Description: The Master’s Degree in Family and Child Studies may be pursued in one of the three following concentrations: Family Life Education, Human Development and Family Relations and Early Childhood Studies. Students completing the Master’s Degree in Family Life Education will be eligible to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) certificate from the National Council on Family Relations. The program offers flexibility in developing programs of study that meet students’ interests. Acceptance into the program is based on ratings of several factors including scholarship, academic background (especially in the social/behavioral sciences), work experience, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and multicultural experience. Students from academic backgrounds other than family and child studies are strongly encouraged to apply. The Master’s degree in Family and Child Studies consists of 33 semester hours.

Family and Child Studies Graduate Program Information

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Family and Child Studies Career Opportunities

Job Titles

Behavior Management Specialist
Case Manager
Hospital Child life Specialist
Child Advocate
Foster Care Case Manager
Parent Educator
Social Services Program Coordinator
Home visitor
Developmental Specialist
Family service providers
Administrators of child and family service programs
Research Scientists
Administrators of policy and advocacy groups and agencies

Work Settings

Adoption Agencies
Family Advocacy
Federal/State Government Agencies
Homeless Shelters (Healthcare for the Homeless)
Intervention Programs
Residential Care Facilities
Women’s Shelters
Policy and advocacy organizations
Home Visiting Programs

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.

FCS 2020 Annual Newsletter

Graduate Program Coordinator

Ryan Kelly, PhD 
Associate Professor of Family and Child Studies 
(505) 277-3960