Family and Child Studies (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University prepares dedicated practitioners and scholars to address the needs of families and children across the lifespan. Graduates pursue careers working in a variety of areas, including:

  • Community agencies and non-profit organizations serving families
  • State agencies focusing on older adults or youth and their families
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Foster and/or adoptive care organizations
  • Early childhood education
  • Academic institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Corporations
  • Research
  • Advocacy and social policy

Graduates are also prepared to pursue post-graduate and doctoral education in several areas, including Family Studies, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Law, Education and other related areas.

Individuals Interested in pursuing the MA/PhD should visit the PhD in Family Studies.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
FCST 501Seminar in Family and Child Studies3
FCST 506Introductory Statistical Methods in Family and Child Studies3
FCST 507Research in Family and Child Studies3
FCST 509Research Seminar3
FCST 510Qualitative Methods in Family and Child Studies3
FCST 516Human Development3
FCST 544Intercultural Study of Family3
FCST 620Social Policy and the Family3
FCST 640Family Theories3
Complete any 3 credits, 500 level or above, with advisement.3
Culminating Experience
Select one of the following options:3
Project Option
Master's Project (with advisement from Graduate Program Coordinator)
Thesis Option
Master's Thesis
Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.
Total Credits33