College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Family Sciences - Graduate

5

areas of emphasis

30

credit hours

for master's degree

60

credit hours

for doctoral degree

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Dr. Hyungsoo Kim

Director of Graduate Studies

School of Human Environmental Sciences

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

School of Human Environmental Sciences

315 Funkhouser Building

Program website

859-218-7750

The family sciences master’s (M.S.) program uses an integrative approach to learning about improving individual, family, and community well-being. The program prepares students for immediate employment in their chosen area, and also provides an excellent foundation for subsequent matriculation into a doctoral program.

Five emphasis areas are available in the family sciences master’s program: (a) adolescent development, (b) aging, (c) couple and family therapy, (d) family finance and economics, and (e) family processes. The curriculum for each emphasis area except couple and family therapy requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprised of 15 credit hours of core courses, 5 hours of electives, 3 hours of a data analysis or program evaluation course, 1 hour of a professional development seminar, and 6 credit hours for the thesis (Plan A) or scholarly project (Plan B).

The couple and family therapy emphasis area is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and requires a prescribed curriculum totaling 53 credit hours (2 years, including one summer), comprised of 15 credit hours of core family sciences courses, 18 hours of core couple and family therapy courses, 10 hours of supervised practicum, 3 hours of a data analysis or program evaluation course, 1 hour of a professional development seminar, and 6 credit hours for the thesis (Plan A) or scholarly project (Plan B). Students also must complete 300-500 client contact hours, which is primarily accomplished during the 10 hours of practicum.

Application Requirements - MS

Fall application deadline - January 15

  • Personal Statement - Write a 500-1000 word statement describing your personal goals and how a graduate degree in family sciences will help you to attain those goals. In your response, you are encouraged to (a) incorporate any personal or professional background information that may be relevant, and (b) explain why you are particularly interested in attending our program at the University of Kentucky (e.g., rather than similar family-oriented degree programs at other institutions), and (c) describe your research interests and identify the faculty member(s) whose interests most closely align with yours (see fam.uky.edu/faculty).
  • GRE 
  • To apply for an assistantship, please attach a Word document indicating whether you would prefer to be considered for a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) or a half-time assistantship (10 hours per week)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Requirements for Doctoral Program

Fall application deadline - January 15

  • Personal Statement - Write a 500-1000 word statement describing your personal goals and how a graduate degree in family sciences will help you to attain those goals. In your response, you are encouraged to (a) incorporate any personal or professional background information that may be relevant, and (b) explain why you are particularly interested in attending our program at the University of Kentucky (e.g., rather than similar family-oriented degree programs at other institutions), and (c) describe your research interests and identify the faculty member(s) whose interests most closely align with yours (see fam.uky.edu/faculty).
  • GRE 
  • To apply for an assistantship, please attach a Word document indicating whether you would prefer to be considered for a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) or a half-time assistantship (10 hours per week)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Admission Officer Contact Information

Maureen barker

201D Gillis Building
859-257-7129
maureen.barker@uky.edu


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Dr. Hyungsoo Kim

Director of Graduate Studies

School of Human Environmental Sciences

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

School of Human Environmental Sciences

315 Funkhouser Building

859-218-7750

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