Overview - Online Masters in Child and Family Studies

The Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi offers a fully online part-time Master's degree in Child and Family Studies designed for working professionals and others interested in issues that affect children and families. The curriculum is based upon a developmental lifespan approach and includes 36 hours of the following coursework:

  • CD 650    Theories in Child and Family Studies (3 hrs.) 
  • CD 652    Advanced Child Development (3 hrs.)  
  • FAM 601  Program Evaluation and Assessment (3 hrs.)  
  • FAM 603  Parenting Across the Lifespan (3 hrs.)  
  • FAM 605  Family Advocacy (3 hrs.) 
  • FAM 633  Adolescence and the Family System (3 hrs.) 
  • FAM 650  Individual & Family Life Cycle Development (3 hrs.) 
  • FAM 652  Marriage Education (3 hrs.) 
  • FAM 653  Adulthood and Aging in the Family System (3 hrs.) 
  • REF 601   Educational Research (3 hrs.) 
  • FAM 690  Practicum in Child and Family Studies (6 hrs.) OR CD 698  Thesis (6hrs.)

For additional information, please call 601.266.4679, e-mail pat.sims@usm.edu or visit the Graduate School website.