Online International Family Studies, MS | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

International Family Studies, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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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

Richard Bischoff, PhD
Gwendolyn A. Newkirk Professor of Leadership in Child, Youth and Family Studies and Department Chair

Richard Bischoff’s interests lie in increasing access to high quality mental health care, especially among vulnerable and undeserved populations. He is currently involved in projects that are designed to do that by marshaling local resources to better meet the mental health care needs of communities and by delivering high quality mental health care services through videoconferencing.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 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:

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

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 811Family Immigration and Migration3

Course Number: CYAF 811

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 815Family and Violence in the Global Context3

Course Number: CYAF 815

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

Course Number: CYAF 837

Exploration of family interactions and individual development across the life span and the cultural, political, and social factors that impact development globally.

CYAF 844Family Centered Practice Approaches3

Course Number: CYAF 844

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 884Foundations in Family Studies3

Course Number: CYAF 884

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 885Families and Cultural Diversity3

Course Number: CYAF 885

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 886Strengths and Challenges of Families Across the World3

Course Number: CYAF 886

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.

CYAF 887International Perspectives on Family Policy3

Course Number: CYAF 887

Analysis of the systems, contexts, and policies that affect individuals and families throughout the world.

CYAF 889Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation3

Course Number: CYAF 889

Principles and methods of program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation of family programs in global contexts and across the globe.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $356.50
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $408.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1069.50
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1226.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $652.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $704.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1956.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2112.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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