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MS in Family Studies St Cloud State University


Course info


As you prepare to guide parents toward new ideas, a degree in Family Studies will train you to provide emotional support to parents learning about the important role of raising children. You will develop skills to study parent and family issues related to early childhood family education and family studies as you focus on understanding children's behavior and development in the context of family and community life.

Plan A: Thesis exam requires 32 credits.

Plan B: Starred Paper and comprehensive exam requires 36 credits.

Program Highlights

  • Student candidates participate in a student teaching opportunity in an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program.
  • Program uses group- and project-based assignments and focused observations of programs.
  • Designed for both full- and part-time student candidates
  • Cohort-like atmosphere offers peer support with the flexibility of enrollment throughout the year.
  • Student candidates come from a variety of undergraduate program backgrounds and professions.
  • Courses meet educational requirements for state of Minnesota Parent Educator licensure.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MS in Family Studies.

Full Time (32-36 credits)

Tuition fees

$12,444.00 (9,13,079) per year


26 Aug, 13 Jan, 24 Aug


School of Education

720 4th Avenue South,

Education Building A110,



56301, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant must meet one of the following Grade Point Average (GPA) standards to be eligible for academic admission consideration to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in your previous undergraduate work.
  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of your undergraduate work.

An applicant with graduate coursework must meet one of the above requirements plus possess at least an overall 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in his/her graduate course work.

English Language Requirements:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based exam with no sub score below 17, or a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based exam.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Test only; General Training test not accepted)
  • A score of 57 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (pilot project.)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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