Utah State University Logo

Family, Consumer, and Human Development


FCHD Graduate Studies

We Provide Advance Training

Graduate study in the FCHD Department provides advanced training for individuals wishing to study human development and family relations, and the interplay between individual and family development with other social institutions. Our graduate programs provide a challenging and stimulating environment for graduate study leading to rewarding careers in academia or in applied settings that serve individuals, and families across the life span.

We Provide a Strong Research and Theoretical Base

Graduate students receive a strong research and theoretical base in family relationships and human development. In addition to the core courses required for each of the specializations, students have the opportunity to pursue their educational and occupational goals with a wide range of curricular and extracurricular activities including elective graduate courses in the department, as well as designated courses in related graduate programs at USU. Graduate students may also engage in independent study, practicum, and other specialized professional experiences that help them to acquire specific skills.

We Provide Professional Competency

The department provides advanced graduate education and training for students to (1) develop the professional competencies necessary for employment in research, teaching, marriage and family therapy, extension, and administration; (2) develop the skills necessary for agency administration in the field of family and child care services; (3) provide clinical services in marriage and family therapy; and (4) develop the skills for supervisory responsibilities in child development laboratories, childcare facilities, and adolescent programs.

Our graduates have found employment in public schools, academic departments at colleges and universities, research centers, hospitals, Head Start, child care programs, social services agencies, mental health agencies, private and clinical practice settings, extension services, and related organizations that teach about, study, or serve individuals and families.