Applied Family Science Students
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Master of Science in Applied Family Science

Change Lives with an M.S. in Applied Family Science Degree

Wilmington University’s master’s degree in Applied Family Science provides students with an in-depth understanding of children, youth and families. The degree program prepares graduates to develop, provide or direct family-centered, strengths-based education. The 100% online degree format provides maximum flexibility so you can balance work and life commitments.

Family Studies Degree with NCFR Recognition

Enhance your resumé through a nationally recognized family studies degree. WilmU’s affordable, master’s program in applied family science is recognized by the National Council on Family Relations as an approved program for Family Life Educator certification.

In-Depth Human Development Courses Produce Tangible Results

You’ll learn to develop and evaluate programs and policies to benefit families, individuals and communities through a balanced human development and family science curriculum based on the 10 key content areas identified by the NCFR. And you'll learn from faculty who have attained the Certified Family Life Educator credential and have years of experience in the field.

Family Studies Fieldwork Builds Your Skills, Resumé and Network

The graduate degree includes a minimum of 120 hours of field experience, allowing you to actively participate in a professional setting. You will have opportunities to relate human development and family science knowledge from your degree program to practice; develop awareness of professional expectations within the field; and reflect on standards of ethical practice in a workplace setting.

Finish your applied family science master’s 
degree in under 18 months.
11 courses 33 total credits

$1,611 per course

Cost of a typical 3-credit graduate degree course.
Wilmington University tuition is based on cost-per-credit.
You only pay for the courses you need to complete your master’s in family science degree.

The Master’s in Applied Family Science program is available in the following formats and locations:



Career and Industry Outlook for M.S in Applied Family Science Graduates

A M.S. in Family Science degree opens the door to career growth and leadership positions in many fields.



Assistant Director, Child Advocacy Center


Manager of Strategic Growth, Community Nonprofit Organization



Military Family Life Consultant, Health Care Company


Senior Consultant, State Department of Social Services



Family Life Educator, Private Practice


Child Experience Coordinator, Child Respite and Hospice Facility


Faith Engagement Coordinator, Faith-Based Housing Nonprofit


Early Childhood Program Manager, Education-Services Organization


Family Life Coaches


Parenting Coaches



The in-depth understanding of children, youth, and families that this degree delivers will help educators, human services workers, and others improve their interventions for the benefit of the community. — Dr. Mary Kay Keller, program chair
MS in Applied Family Science, Mary Kay Keller testimonial Wilmington University

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