Child, Youth and Family Studies

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Child, Youth and Family Studies with optional specialization:
    • Child Development/Early Childhood Education
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
    • Family and Community Services
    • Family Financial Planning
    • Human and Family Services Administration
    • International Family Studies
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Youth Development
  • PhD in Human Sciences with a specialization:
    • Child, Youth and Family Studies
    • Global Family Health and Wellbeing

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Offered online:
M.S. with these specializations only:
  • Family Financial Planning
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Human and Family Services Administration
  • International Family Studies
  • Youth Development

Other programs:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Child, Youth and Family Studies

Department Chair
Dr. Richard Bischoff

Graduate Chair
Dr. Yan Ruth Xia
rxia2@unl.edu
402-472-6552

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Lisa King
lking2@unl.edu
402-472-7787

Campus Address
135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0236


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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Child, Youth and Family Studies

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Ph.D and M.S.:  GRE required for all Ph.D. applicants and M.S. applicants for the Specializations of Marriage and Family Therapy; Child Development and Early Childhood Education; and Human and Family Services Administration; and for study in the area of Family Science
    - PPST Required for Family & Consumer Sciences Education:  
    - No entrance exam required for Specializations in Family Financial Planning; Family and Community Services; International Family Studies; and Youth Development:  
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Sample of writing or research (Ph.D. only)
  • Professional goals statement
  • Resume or vitae

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

The College of Education and Human Sciences requires all students admitted into a campus program to complete a background check before the start of their first semester.

Application Deadlines for Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Ph.D. All Specializations: December 1 for Fall.
  • M.S. Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy: December 1 for Fall.
  • M.S. in Child Development and Early Childhood Education: April 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring. January 15 for Summer.
  • Other M.S.: Some master's specializations have rolling admissions; contact department for information.
  • Priority Deadline for Funding: Contact the department for more information.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.

Description

The Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The Department is a founding participant of the Great Plains IDEA and offers several graduate programs online through the consortium of universities that make up the Great Plains IDEA.

Students have access to the Family Resource Center (FRC) and the Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory (CDL). Through the FRC, students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program offer psychotherapy to couples, families and individuals on site and remotely through telemental health to rural communities throughout Nebraska. The FRC is also a research laboratory, giving students valuable research experience with couples, families, individuals, and intervention. Through the CDL, students in child development and early childhood education engage in experiential learning and gain teaching experience working with children and families. The CDL is also a research laboratory, giving students valuable research experience with children and their families and curriculum. The DCL's programs are among the 9% in the nation accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and have been in operation since 1925.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Faculty and research

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Richard Bischoff

Mental Health Services for Underserved Populations; Collaborative Health Care

Evan (Jeong Kyun) Chio

Children and Poverty; Family Process; Parenting; Father-Involvement; Health Literacy; Child Development

Rochelle Dalla

Marginalized Populations; Prostituted Women; Rural and Immigrant Populations

Maria de Guzman

Children's Social Behaviors in Diverse Cultures

Dipti Dev

Children's Long-Term Healthful Eating Behaviors and Prevention of Childhood Obesity; Developing low Cost and Easily Implemented Strategies Using Behavioral Economics Principles to Encourage Healthier Meal Choices in Preschoolers

Tonia Durden

How Educators and Families can Support the Socio-Cultural and Identity Development and Awareness of Young Children

Holly Hatton-Bowers

Early Childhood

Cody Hollist

Latino Adolescent Mental Health Issues; Latino Family Dynamics

Soo-Young Hong

Early Childhood Education; Academic and Social Competence; Attitude Development

Yolanda Mitchell

Global Family Health and Wellbeing

Victoria Molfese

Childrens Learning; Brain Behavior Indicators of Cognitive Development; Emergent Literacy

Gilbert Parra

The Complex Interrelations between Family Factors and Processes and the Emotional Health of Youth

Helen Raikes

Intervention Programs for Vulnerable Children; Language and Literacy Development

Allison Reisbig

Family Therapy; Impact of Chronic Stressors; LGBT Families

Michelle Rupiper

Early Childhood Development

Susan Sarver

Children's Play; Well-Being of Rural Families; Home and Childcare Connections

Rachel Schachter

Early childhood teachers' experiences; Meaningful changes in practice and improved outcomes for children.

Paul Springer

Collaborative Healthcare

Julie Tippens

Refugee Psychosocial Wellbeing, Forced Migration, Psychosocial Resilience, Qualitative Methods, Mixed Methods, Sub-Saharan Africa

Julia Torquati

Child Development; Early Childhood Education; Environmental Education

Natalie Williams

Promoting Physical and Psychosocial Wellbeing in Vulnerable Child Populations and Their Families

Yan Ruth Xia

Immigrant Youth Behavioral and Mental Health; Adolescent Substance Abuse

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