What will I learn?

The Family Studies (FS) content area of the Human Development program provides a systematic approach to observing, understanding, and analyzing close relationships and families within their individual, social, and historical contexts. A major goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in the family field in teaching, research, and direct service.

Student scholarship takes place not only in the classroom, but also through mentorship and research. Students may participate in wide-ranging faculty research projects using diverse methodologies and dealing with issues such as intimate relationships, work and family issues, divorce and remarriage, incarceration, intergenerational relationships, family diversity over the life course, human sexuality, feminist analysis of families and intersectionality, families and technology, family approaches to prevention of substance abuse, and family policy. Programs of study are individualized, permitting inclusion of significant coursework in specific subjects related to marriage and family relationships across the life course. Examples of courses that students may take include:

Human Sexuality
Marriage and Family Relationships
Family Processes
Theories of Human Development and Family Science
Sequence of statistics classes

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Admit students who hold either bachelor's or master's degrees.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80.0

Paper 550.0

Computer 213.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Jan 05.

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


About Virginia Tech

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