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Department of Family Studies College of Health and Human Services University of New Hampshire

  • Durham, NH
  • Public
  • Small
  • 80%20%
    student ratio
  • 20
    total students
  • $13,500 | $25,940
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15, May 15
    fall application deadline
  • 32%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered


A Top-Ranking Graduate School for Human Development and Family Studies

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Department of Family Studies offers several graduate degrees for students interested in human development and family studies. Students may choose from a variety of programs including thesis or non-thesis master's degree options and graduate certificates. The programs - which are designed for full- or part-time students as well as professionals already working in related fields - combine classwork with opportunities for hands-on training.

Exciting State, Regional, and National Internships

For those individuals interested in a master's degree, UNH has partnered with organizations such as hospitals, youth services organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to provide students with opportunities to work with families and children throughout New Hampshire, New England, and the nation.

Current and past internship partner sites include Boston Children's Hospital; SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders); Maine Medical Center; New Hampshire Department of Public Health; United Way; Operation Military Kids; Seacoast Youth Services; Teen Institute; and Strafford County Victim/Witness Program.

Master's Programs with Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

Students enrolled in the Family Studies Master of Science (M.S.) Program in the Core Areas of Adolescent Development, Child Advocacy and Family Policy, or Child Development may choose between thesis or non-thesis options. The thesis option requires students to research, write, and defend a thesis on an original research topic. Thesis students complete 6-10 hours of thesis-related coursework.

The non-thesis option requires students to complete an additional 8 hours of approved electives and pass a comprehensive examination.

The Master of Science in Family Studies, Adolescent Development Core Area

The Master of Science in Family Studies in the Core Area of Adolescent Development places emphasis on the influences of family and community on adolescent development. The program focuses on the health and well-being of adolescents and promotes a developmental perspective to shape programs, policies, and interventions.

Students in this program must each complete 12 hours of core curriculum; 22 credits of elective coursework; and an internship in a program working with or for adolescents. Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.

The Master of Science in Family Studies, Child Advocacy and Family Policy Core Area

The Master of Science in Family Studies in the Core Area of Child Advocacy and Family Policy provides students with a solid foundation in theories and research related to policy issues that affect families and children. Students in this program must each complete 12 hours of core curriculum and 22 credits of elective coursework, as well as two internships (one in a local or regional agency and one in national or international agency). All students are expected to research and develop a thorough understanding of at least one issue related to child advocacy.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

The M.S. in Family Studies, Child Development Core Area

The Master of Science in Family Studies in the Core Area of Child Development provides students with a deep understanding of children from infancy through early school years. Students in the program closely examine the ways society, culture, and politics influence young children's social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development.

All students in the program are required to complete an internship in a child-focused setting. Students must complete 12 hours of core curriculum, 22 hours of relevant electives, and a thesis or comprehensive examination.

The M.S. in Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at the University of New Hampshire prepares students to work in mental health, family service, medical, and human service settings. Clinical training emphasizes treating the individual, couple and family in relationship to the larger systems that influence them. In addition to completing core coursework and electives, students in the MFT degree program must complete 500 hours of supervised clinical practice.

MFT students are also required to complete a research paper and video presentation in order to graduate.

A Graduate Certificate Program with 2 Specialization Options

The Department of Family Studies at UNH offers 2 graduate certificates for students interested or already working in fields related to human services, including juvenile justice, child welfare agencies, and independent programs serving children, adolescents and families. Students may choose to pursue graduate certificates in "Adolescent Development" or "Child Advocacy and Family Policy."

Students in the graduate certificate programs complete 14 or 15 hours of coursework, including 2 core courses and a selection of approved, relevant electives. Graduate certificates can typically be completed in 1 year if students attend full-time.

Faculty Members with a Wide Variety of Research Interests

Faculty members in the Department of Family Studies teach, engage in service, and conduct research on a wide variety of areas including child, adolescent and emerging adult development, parent-child relationships, family dynamics, contextual influences, family treatment for substance abuse problems, gender and culture issues, families with children with disabilities and grievous loss and the family.

Admissions Requirements for Family Studies Graduate Programs

Students interested in applying to an M.S. or graduate certificate program in the UNH Department of Family Studies should hold an undergraduate degree in a related field. All applicants must have completed an introductory statistics class (or equivalent course) before entering the Family Studies graduate program.

Applicants must submit:

- An online application and fee

- A personal statement (Core Areas of Study and Certificate Programs) OR the applicant's responses to five MFT-specific questions available on the department's web site (MFT Program)

- THREE letters of recommendation for the Core Areas of Study Programs and the MFT Program OR TWO letters of recommendation for the Certificate Programs

- Transcripts from all colleges attended

GRE scores are not required.

Applications for the MFT program are due February 15th. Applications for the Core Areas of Study and Certificate Programs are due December 1st for admission in the spring semester and May 15th for admission in the fall semester. Core Areas of Study and Certificate students who plan to attend full-time and wish to be considered for financial aid must apply to the appropriate program and indicate an interest in receiving financial assistance by February 15th.

A personal interview may be required for admission to the Family Studies Graduate Program. Interviews are typically held in person, but conference or Skype calls may be permitted under special circumstances.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Costs for the M.S. and graduate certificate programs at UNH include tuition, books and supplies, and administrative fees. Departmental financial aid in the form of tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships is available.

Location & Contact

Department of Family Studies

College of Health and Human Services
University of New Hampshire

105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
United States

Kerry Kazura


Phone: 603-862-2146

Matty Leighton

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 603-862-5021

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Family Studies Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Alternate accepted
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


32% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 40
    • Accepted 13
    • Acceptance Rate 32
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 15th April 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$13,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$25,940
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,699.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students20
    • Female Percentage80%
    • Male Percentage20%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students20
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian89%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty9
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%


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