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Program Highlights

The mission of the Master of Science in Family Studies program is to offer students a multidisciplinary degree program which utilizes curriculum from counseling and human behavior and development to prepare students for employment in settings such as social service agencies, religious institutions, parent education programs, juvenile services, day care facilities, foster care programs, and retirement and/or assisted living facilities.

Because the subject of family studies is such a universal topic, there is a wealth of organizations designed to deal with family issues.

This program can be completed through a combination of online and on-ground courses or 100% online.

Career Impact

Career opportunities include social service agencies, religious institutions, parent education programs, juvenile services, day care facilities, foster care programs, and retirement and/or assisted living facilities. 

Graduates will provide prevention, enrichment, and education on the family and its interaction with other social systems in a wide range of organizations.

Earning Your Degree

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Degree Plan Requirements

6hrs

Required Graduate Studies

18hrs

Major Requirements

12hrs

Christian Counseling Specialization

The mission of the Master of Science in Family Studies program is to offer students a multidisciplinary degree program which utilizes curriculum from counseling and human behavior and development to prepare students for employment in settings such as social service agencies, religious institutions, parent education programs, juvenile services, daycare facilities, foster care programs, and retirement and/or assisted living facilities. The Master of Science in Family Studies with a Specialization in Christian Counseling is an interdisciplinary degree emphasizing family life education.   This program educates students in research, ethics, human behavior and development, and counseling skills. Graduates will provide prevention, enrichment, and education on the family and its interaction with other social systems in a wide range of organizations.

A Master of Science in Family Studies with a specialization in Christian Counseling graduate will be able to:

  • Articulate a personal model of Christian counseling based on the integration of Christian principles and accepted counseling practices.
  • Apply a personal model of Christian counseling to a given case study.
  • Identify and comprehend contemporary theories and research in the field of human development.
  • Illustrate the importance of confidentiality and Informed Consent as necessary ethical and legal components of the counseling relationship.
RequirementsHours
I. Required Graduate Studies6 hours
RGS6035 Theory & Application of Research Methods3 hours
RGS6036 Ethics for Decision Making3 hours
II. Major Requirements18 hours
CSL6765 Crisis Counseling3 hours
CSL6801 Life Span Development3 hours
HBD6767 Family Studies3 hours
HB6768 Aging & End of Life Issues3 hours
HBD6769 Human Sexuality3 hours
HBD6771 Conflict Management & Resolution3 hours
III. Specialization Requirement9 hours
CSL6720 Christian Counseling3 hours
CSL6730 Family Life Ministry3 hours
CSL6860 Practical Experience in Christian Counseling3 hours
IV. Specialization Elective3 hours
Select one of the following courses:
CSL6740 Counseling Ethics3 hours
CSL6782 Theories and Methods of Counseling3 hours
CSL6825 Marriage and Family Therapy3 hours
CSL6832 Multicultural Counseling3 hours
Total36 hours

Degree Plan Requirements

6hrs

Required Graduate Studies

18hrs

Major Requirements

12hrs

Christian Counseling Specialization

Stackable Certifications:

Certification programs can be earned in conjunction with degree programs or as stand-alone programs of study. Students may earn one or more certifications offered by Amberton while pursuing this degree.

 

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Masters of Science - Family Studies w/Specialization in Christian Counseling

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