Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies (Online Program)

The Master of Science in Child and Family Studies is a 37-hour, part-time fully online program designed for students interested in the integration of theory, research and experiential learning. It builds on a foundation in family systems theory and emphasizes leadership, critical thinking skills and the connection between research and practice. Students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to promote quality of life and serve as effective advocates for children and families.

The program prepares graduates to work as child and family professionals to improve the quality of life for children and families through careers in both public and private organizations, agencies and educational settings. Program graduates are also prepared to pursue advanced graduate work at the specialist and doctoral levels.

Because the program is fully online, it is available to students worldwide who wish to earn a master’s degree without relocating or relinquishing current employment. Students can complete the program in two years (including summers). Online students also pay only the in-state tuition rates. 

For additional information contact the program director, Dr. Amanda Williams by email or by phone 601-266-6108 or visit the Southern Miss Graduate School website (