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Child and Family Studies Master Program

The Department of Applied Human Sciences offers a Master of Science degree for persons interested in working with children and families outside of the public school system. Graduate Program Admission Requirements must be met during the application process.  You can apply for the Child and Family Studies (#0489)  Master's degree here: https://acsapps.wku.edu/pls/prod/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=wkumenu.P_AdmUnsecMnu 

This online program is designed to provide advanced study in the growth and development of the individual and family. The program builds competence in human development, integration of theory into practice, program development, and research—preparing graduates to critically evaluate and synthesize issues related to children, youth, and families. Fieldwork is incorporated in the curriculum.  

Program Requirements (30 hours)

Required Courses  
      FACS 510 Professional Development Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences 3
      FACS 511 Grant Writing for Child and Family Programs 3
      EDFN 500 Research Methods 3
      FACS 577 Child Development Theory and Research 3
      or FACS 550 Youth and Family Theory and Research
      FACS 580 Internship 3-6
      or FACS 599 Thesis Research/Writing
Electives1 12-15
Infant and Toddler Development and Research  
Home Based Positive Behavioral Supports  
Stress and Coping in Children  
Global Perspectives of Child and Family  
Issues in Child Care and Early Education  
Community, Child, & Youth Program Development  
Family Diversity  
Adult Development and Aging in the Family  
Advanced Family Resource Management  
Independent Study in Family and Consumer Sciences  
Special Topics in Family and Consumer Sciences  
Qualitative Research in Education  
Educational Statistics  
Total Hours 30

Electives must be approved by advisor.

For more information on this program, please contact the Department of Applied Human Sciences at 270-745-4352call.

Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program


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 Last Modified 5/18/22