Degree Programs in Family Science
Interested in a career related to families?
Search and filter below to find the right academic degree program, minor, or certificate for you in Family Science — the scientific study of families and close interpersonal relationships.
Scroll down to see complete program listings. Click any degree program name to open more information about that program.
You can also learn why you should earn a Family Science degree, including the unique skills you'll gain and career opportunities for Family Science graduates.
- Areas of Study in This Guide
“Area(s) of Study” is a filtering option in this guide. The area of study for a listing indicates the main curricular focus of that program. Options include:
- Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies: includes human development and Family Science curricula
- Development (child, adolescent, human, gerontology, or family): focuses on one of more areas or stages of human development, such as the examples listed in parentheses
- Family Life Education: focuses on Family Life Education, a practice area of Family Science that equips families to develop knowledge and skills to enhance their well-being and relationships
- Family Policy: focuses on the development and evaluation of family policies, laws, and advocacy efforts
- Family Resource Management: focuses on addressing decisions families make about developing and allocating resources
- Family Science/Studies/Relations/Ecology/Services: focuses primarily on Family Science curricula. Programs may be titled with terminology other than Family Science, such as “family studies” or “family relations.”
- Parent Education: focuses on the practice of parent education, one type of Family Life Education that centers on parenting practices, skills, and relationships
- Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family): focuses on therapy or counseling that considers the family, couple, and/or marital relationships in which a person exists
- Youth, Family, and Community Services: focuses on development, administration, and management of family and community service organizations/programs
- Interactive Map of Degree Programs
Use NCFR's interactive map to see at a glance where Family Science programs are located in the U.S. and Canada.
Click any pin on the map to see bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs at that institution. (Minors and certificates are included in the full guide below.)
- About CFLE-Approved Programs
- Programs with curricula approved for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential are noted in this guide.
- A separate list of CFLE-approved programs and checklists also is available.
- With questions about CFLE approval or the CFLE credential, please email NCFR's Emily Vang.
- For Degree Program Representatives
- To update an existing degree program listing, use the Update a Listing form to submit your changes.
- To request to add a new listing to this guide, use the New-Listing Request form to fill out all applicable information about the program.