12 months
27846 USD/year
27846 USD/year
8757 USD/year
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. 


  • 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


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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
  • Relevant Coursework

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27846 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 27846 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    27846 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27846 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8757 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8757 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Albuquerque

870 - 1360 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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