Family and Child Sciences

Degree: Master's of Science

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Our goal is to prepare students with advanced knowledge to tackle contemporary social problems affecting children, couples, youth, and families and to apply best practice solutions. Some master’s students cap their coursework with an internship and special project. Others complete a research project (thesis) and use this degree as the first step to a doctorate in Human Sciences (with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Science).

Our Master’s degree in FCS does not qualify the graduate to become a licensed MFT or other licensed mental health professional. Most graduates with this degree work in agencies, foundations or government offices that work with families and/or children.

Admission Requirements

  1. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for any graduate-level work.
  2. Completion of a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution. If a non-related degree was earned, some leveling courses may be required.
  3. A competitive Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE) score; recommended score of above the 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative sections with a 4.0 or higher on the writing section.
  4. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based)
  5. A visit to the department is strongly encouraged. Please contact us at to schedule your visit.

Attainment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on assessments of all aspects of the student’s application materials. The department reserves the right to increase standards if warranted by enrollment limitations and by the number and quality of applicants.

Financial aid is a separate process from the admission to a graduate program.

Application Process and Deadlines

This program only admits in the fall. All application materials must be received by the April 1st deadline.

  1. Apply Online and pay the application fee.
    • Upload a personal statement outlining your research interests, career goals, and why Florida State University is a good fit for you. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty in their area so the statement can specifically address those faculty members. The statement should include how your background and prior training make you a good candidate and should include your top three (3) choices of faculty members with whom you would like to work.
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Upload contact information for three recommenders. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked with who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted.
    • Upload a writing sample (class paper).
  2. Submit official test scores (GRE and, if required, TOEFL) and official transcripts to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript).

Registration for Current Students

  1. Obtain a copy of the curriculum outline pertaining to your program (M.S. #= Family & Child Sciences; Ph.D. #= Human Development and Family Science, or Marriage and Family Therapy) on the current students page. Review this and contact your advisor / major professor to map out your course schedule in advance of attempting to register.
  2. Once you have identified the courses, look up the courses via the FSU Course Search website (instructions can be found here) to obtain the necessary reference numbers.
  3. Follow the instructions to register (found on the last page of procedures document)
  4. If a course has a “hidden” reference number, or the instructor is designated as STAFF, or the course is not listed, the reference numbers are available from the Department. A Reference Number Request Form must be completed before a number can be provided; many numbers are unique to individual faculty and a special section of the course must be established.
  5. Before submitting the form, you must provide all requested information, including: course prefix, course number, and course title.
  6. For Directed Individual Study (DIS) courses (CHD5906 and FAD5906), a special form must be with a designated appropriate title. This must be approved by the supervising faculty and by the Department Chair before a reference number is released. A reference number will not be provided without a completed form and required approvals.
  7. Submit all forms to FCS Academic Support Assistant.
  8. For the Graduate Internship course (FAD5944), complete the Graduate Internship Application and submit it to the instructor.

We urge you to meet with your Advisor early, review the Course Search website early, and make requests for reference numbers early, because it may take more than a week to complete the process. Map out your schedule completely, outline all courses you will need where the reference numbers are not visible, and then submit a Reference Number Request Form or a DIS Form or an Internship Application Form. The reference number will be emailed to you, so you can register for the course(s).

These forms can also be obtained from the Family and Child Sciences Department office (SAN 225).