12 months
31798 USD/year
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Tennessee Knoxville graduate programs are based on the model of the empirically-based professional or social scientist. Child and Family Studies graduate programs seek to produce researchers, scholars, and educators who are capable of independent investigation of family and developmental processes.


About this Degree

Child and Family Studies students also receive training in how to conduct scientifically-based assessments of prevention, intervention and educational strategies. Many opportunities exist in child and family studies for graduate students to become involved in research on children, youth, and families. The central premise of graduate programs in Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is the idea that scientific inquiry provides the most effective means to improve the welfare of children, youth and families.

A cornerstone idea for child and family studies graduate programs is development in context, or the perspective that human development is best understood in terms of interconnections among families, neighborhoods, schools, communities, cultures, and international environments. A more specific focus within this development in context perspective is an emphasis on children, youth, and families at risk. Together, these two themes, development in context and children, youth, and families at risk, are the foundations upon which our graduate curriculum options are structured.

Concentrations (Required) and Options Available

  • General-Emphasis — Thesis, Course only with comprehensive exams
  • Teacher Licensure (PreK-3) — Course only with comprehensive exams

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theory in Human Development
  • Theory in Family Studies
  • Diversity in Children and Families
  • Research Methods in Child and Family Studies
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Domestic applicants may apply up to two weeks prior to the beginning of the desired term of entry


37 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3 (recommended)

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete and submit formal online application to the Graduate Admissions Office, along with the application fee.
  • For the department, a completed file for review includes:A departmental application
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general section
  • The GRE is not required for applicants to the MS- Teacher Licensure Pre-K-3 concentration
  • Completion of three Graduate Rating Forms by individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate education.
Admission to the graduate program is contingent upon:Faculty evaluation of GRE scores
  • Not Applicable for Teacher Licensure (PreK-3) concentration
  • Undergraduate/graduate GPA
  • Rating forms
  • Work experience
  • The match between student’s goals and department’s foci

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 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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