What will I learn?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Program Description

As a family studies major, you’ll apply the knowledge of theory and research to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. With a focus on positive outcomes and the holistic health of the family, you’ll develop expertise in advocacy, community programming and evaluation, family policy, and educational intervention. Upon completion of your major, you can apply for Certified Family Life Educator status from the National Council on Family Relations. CMU’s family studies graduates find jobs in community and government agencies, including those serving families and the aging.​​

This major is designed for students who either plan to enter the human services field upon graduating from CMU, or attend graduate school for advanced education. The program prepares students for careers working in human service settings to help individuals and families build life skills using prevention and intervention-based educational programs (e.g . child and family services, crises intervention, adoption, and foster care. With appropriate graduate education, potential career options include: marriage and family therapy, counseling, social work, family research and/or college instruction. The Family Studies program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations and graduates are eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). Child Development Majors desiring the CFLE certification should consult with their advisor Students who take the Family Studies major cannot minor in Family Studies or double major in Child Development. Students may only double count 9 credits when combining the Family Studies Major with the Child Development Minor.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

29 August 2022

Venue

Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,

MOUNT PLEASANT,

Michigan,

48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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