Family and Child Studies

The University of New Mexico

12 months
967 USD/credit
286 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master’s Degree in Family and Child Studies at The University of New Mexico may be pursued in one of the three following concentrations: Family Life Education, Human Development and Family Relations and Early Childhood Studies. 

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Students completing the Master’s Degree in Family Life Education at The University of New Mexico will be eligible to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) certificate from the National Council on Family Relations. The program offers flexibility in developing programs of study that meet students’ interests. Acceptance into the program is based on ratings of several factors including scholarship, academic background (especially in the social/behavioral sciences), work experience, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and multicultural experience. Students from academic backgrounds other than family and child studies are strongly encouraged to apply. The Master’s degree in Family and Child Studies consists of 33 semester hours.

Mission of the Family & Child Studies Program

Our mission is to foster an interdisciplinary scholarly environment that enables early childhood professionals, family service providers, and researchers in the field of family and child study to

  • Cultivate and disseminate systematic information and grounded knowledge about the diverse nature of families in contemporary societies 
  • Understand and critically respond to the dynamic complexities of human development across the lifespan 
  • Foster leadership in addressing the multiple facets of early childhood development 

Programme Structure


  • Family Life Education
  • Human Development and Family Relations
  • Early Childhood Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements

  • UNM’s Online Graduate Application
  • The $50 non-refundable Application Fee; International applicants pay $75 fee
  • Official Transcripts 
  • Please complete the FCS MA PROGRAM Application form and upload it to the Special Requirements section of your online application. 
  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    967 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 967 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    286 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 286 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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