Master of Family Studies

University of Newcastle

Supporting families in their diversity of form and need is a priority in most nations and requires a skilled and highly educated workforce capable of working with complex issues in varied cultural, social and political contexts. The Master of Family Studies provides students with comprehensive multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake policy development and service delivery directed towards strengthening families. The programs cater to the needs of people transitioning from a generalist degree into professional roles, those already working as practitioners and/or managers in family services, or those looking to build careers in policy or practice in the field of Family Studies. Throughout the program, students will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful professional roles in this field. Students have the option of an industry based project that provides a pathway into the international and domestic family services sector. Students will also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of research methodologies as they apply to practice fields related to Family Studies.

Course Fee:

Australian: $24,315
International: $49,545

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of a three year degree in any area related to Family Studies or extended by a related postgraduate qualification. Applicants with a four year undergraduate degree in a related field or with other postgraduate qualifications or related experience, as demonstrated by a CV and statement of service, are welcome to seek credit in the Master degree.


In the Master of Family Studies program, you will complete six core courses, and a further two to six directed courses (depending on your AQF level of admission) to enable you to tailor your studies to your interest areas

Subjects you can Study:

Family studies

Study Pathways:

Students eligible to articulate from the Grad Cert in Family Studies to the Master of Family Studies will be awarded 40 units of internal credit towards either the 80 unit or 120 unit program.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1.5 years

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