If you want to pursue a doctoral degree but have not yet earned a master’s degree, the Family Social Science Master’s degree, Plan A (requiring a master’s capstone thesis), is your pathway to a doctoral degree. Like the traditional Master’s program in Family Social Science, the program uses the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine individual, family, and human development over the lifespan and how families work within various contexts and cultures. You will study:
- conceptual theoretical frameworks
- research and evaluation methodologies
- implementation and translational research
- community collaborations and system change initiatives
Once you have completed your master’s thesis and final oral examination, you will evaluated by faculty to continue into the PhD program.
Interested in a coursework-based master's degree? Learn more about an MEd in Family Education.