International Family Studies Specialization
M.S. Degree: Masters Program Type: Online Interest: International Family Studies Program Type: International

Designed to prepare you with the skills to strengthen families through research, service and policy intervention. 

Family Studies is an established discipline in the United States and is growing elsewhere in the world. You'll be expected to:

  • engage in constructive public discourse to sustain and strengthen families across the globe.
  • apply logical, critical and creative thinking.
  • gain perspectives on families and communities.
  • apply the ability to act effectively and ethically in decision-making and problem-solving.

Who should consider this degree program

  • MS students in Family and Consumer Science
  • Students with degrees in Family Studies, Child Development, or related fields
  • Professionals desiring additional education
    • Government Workers (e.g., Immigration, Health, Military)
    • World Health Organization Workers
    • Philanthropic Organization Workers
    • International Corporation Workers
    • Humanitarian Workers

Global Consortium for International Family Studies (GCIFS) »

The graduate level specialization is available through a partnership with institutions in the Global Consortium for International Family Studies (GCIFS).

The GCIFS is a consortium of 5 universities:

The GCIFS was developed to advance Family Studies education throughout the world by bringing scholars and educators from around the world together to develop an educational curriculum and to share faculty resources in delivering that curriculum.

Tuition & Fees For International Family Studies

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

Because of the global nature and different hemispheres of consortium members, the word semester or spring, summer, and fall are not used to describe the start or stop period for courses. Academic terms for the program will run:

  • January – April
  • May – August
  • September – December

No holiday breaks will be recognized during the terms.

The program is made up of 7 core courses (24 credits), 15 credits of a combination of courses and other learning experiences to total 36 credits.

Option I Master's Degree:

  • 21 credits from the 7 required core courses
  • 9 credits practicum/internship or a combination of practicum/internship and elective coursework
  • 6 credits of master’s thesis

Option II Master's Degree:

  • 21 credits from the 7 required core courses
  • 6 credits from elective course(s)
  • 6 credits from practicum/internship
  • 3 credits research other than thesis

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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