International Family Studies, MS

Master of Science Degree in International Family Studies

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

The online International Family Studies, MS is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills to strengthening families through research, service and policy intervention. 

Students choose this program to: 

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding and broad-based skills necessary for strengthening families worldwide. 
  • Become prepared to engage in constructive public discourse to sustain and strengthen families across the globe. 
  • Learn to effectively and ethically act in communities to assist in decision-making and problem-solving. 
  • Advance themselves through cutting-edge, intercultural curriculum. 

This program is offered through the Global Consortium for International Family Studies (GCIFS), where students learn from scholars and educators around the world through partnerships with various institutions. 

Career Paths may include: 

  • Government Agencies (immigration, health, military)
  • Immigration
  • Health and Military
  • World Health Organizations (WHO)
  • NGO Offices
  • Philanthropic Organizations
  • International Corporations
  • Humanitarian Services

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of Professional Goals and Resume

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  3. Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  4. Apply and be admitted to the department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 889Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation3
Principles and methods of program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation of family programs in global contexts and across the globe.
CYAF 885Families and Cultural Diversity3
Critical understanding of the diversity of family forms in their cultural contexts. The impact of history, tradition, and contemporary trends on families will be explored. Emphasis will be on recognizing, accepting, and working within a context of diversity of culture and family form.
CYAF 844Family Centered Practice Approaches3
Material and course experiences prepare students for family centered practice regardless of discipline. Course content emphasizes the family as the unit of observation, programming, and intervention.
CYAF 887International Perspectives on Family Policy3
Analysis of the systems, contexts, and policies that affect individuals and families throughout the world.
CYAF 815Family and Violence in the Global Context3
The concept of violence includes both interpersonal violence (child abuse, violence against women) and collective violence (war, genocide) and their intersections. The nature, causes, agents, and consequences of, as well as responses to violence are examined in the social, political, economic, cultural and global contexts.
CYAF 837Families Across the Life Course3
Exploration of family interactions and individual development across the life span and the cultural, political, and social factors that impact development globally.
CYAF 884Foundations in Family Studies3
Introduction to the trans-disciplinary field of Family Studies from global perspectives. Theoretical and research approaches to the study of the family in varied cultural and national contexts will be explored.
CYAF 811Family Immigration and Migration3
Exploration of migration in a global context, including how policies shape emigration and immigration of families in different parts of the world. Specific attention will be paid to the social, cultural, political, and economic factors related to early childhood education, parenting, adolescent identity, marriage and relationships, elder care, health and well being, and host-country integration.
CYAF 886Strengths and Challenges of Families Across the World3
Theoretical, practical, and experiential learning to enhance understanding of family strengths and challenges across the world. Principles for developing culturally sensitive strengths-enhancing programming for children and families throughout the world will be addressed.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Yan Xia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Yan Xia believes engaged students and meaningful research help strengthen families and the community. Her research, outreach and teaching have led to many honors and recognition. Her research interests include research on immigrant youth behavioral and mental health, parent-adolescent communication and relationship, strengths and stress among Asian immigrant families, adolescent substance abuse, program evaluation and Chinese adolescent social competence.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.