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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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

  1. 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:
      1. incorporate any personal or professional background information that may be relevant
      2. 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)
      3. describe your research interests and identify the faculty member(s) whose interests most closely align with yours (see fam.uky.edu/faculty).
  2. Three letters of recommendation

A temporary waiver of the GRE score requirement is offered to graduate school applicants that seek admission for Fall 2022 and provide documented reasons related to Covid-19.

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

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).

​Application Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15

 

Application Requirements for Doctoral Program

  1. 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:
      1. incorporate any personal or professional background information that may be relevant
      2. 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) 
      3. describe your research interests and identify the faculty member(s) whose interests most closely align with yours (see fam.uky.edu/faculty).
  2. Three letters of recommendation

A temporary waiver of the GRE score requirement is offered to graduate school applicants that seek admission for Fall 2022 and provide documented reasons related to Covid-19.

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.

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)

Application Deadlines
  • Fall: January 15

Our Students Work...

To better understand the interests and areas of study available within the Animal and Food Science Department, browse these recent dissertations and theses from our graduates:   

Tera Buerkle. 2021

Kara Burns. 2021

Alyssa Campbell. 2021


Highlighted Courses

  • FAM 509 The US Family in Historical Perspective: A study of American family experience and values from its pre-industrial Anglo-European roots to the present. Using an interdisciplinary focus, the course will examine the shifting boundary between family and community and the interaction between domestic life and demographic, religious, and economic influences in American history.
  • FAM 554 Working with Parents: Principles, techniques, and resources relevant to working with parents as individuals, couples, and families. Survey of related literature on parent effectiveness and parent education is included with relevant field experiences. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours.
  • FAM 585 Aging and Environment: Explores the elderly person's changing experience of environment. Physiological, psychological, and social changes are related to adjustment within urban and rural community environments, special housing for the elderly, and long-term care environments.
  • FAM 673 Family Life Education: Demographic, social, economic, political, and professional issues related to emerging trends in family life education will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the development, implementation, and evaluation of family life education curriculum materials.

Our Research Areas

Choosing from the many specializations of our professors, students will find a variety of hands-on experiences to suit their interests. Faculty and researchers in the Family Sciences Department manage laboratories focused on: 

Students interested in learning more about these research operations are encouraged to email the associated contact listed above.