Dec 02, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Family Science (M.S.)

The Department of Applied Human Sciences  offers a Master of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Services with a specialization in Applied Family Science. The M.S. program in Applied Family Science trains students in applying research-based knowledge in diverse family contexts. Students will gain the skills needed to develop, implement, evaluate, and administer programs designed to enhance family and relationship health and well-being. Students who choose the thesis option also will develop research skills to investigate family phenomena. 

Requirements - at least 36 credits are required to complete the Master’s degree in Applied Family Science.


These 9 credits of electives should be based on student’s professional goals and must be approved by the student’s master’s committee. They may include thesis hours (FSHS 899). If a student is completing a thesis, the student should take research coursework aligned with the thesis methodology (e.g., FSHS 890: Research Methods in FSHS II, a statistics course, or FSHS 902: Qualitative Research Methods in FSHS). Students completing a report should take FSHS 881: Practicum in Applied Family Science.

Additional Requirements:

In addition to the course requirements, the following are required:

  1. A written document. The student, with committee approval, must complete one of the following types of written document:
    • a master’s thesis (requiring 6 hours of FSHS 899)
    • a master’s report (requiring 2 hours of FSHS 899)
  2. An oral examination by the student’s committee with emphasis on the written document


Students interested in this option with questions about admissions should contact:

Elaine Johannes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator
Human Development & Family Science

College of Health and Human Sciences
Kansas State University
318 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506