Family Studies and Human Services Bachelor's Degree

The family studies and human services degree program focus on the processes underlying human development in a family context across the life cycle. Students learn to implement and assess programs and services designed to strengthen and enhance individual and family well-being. Students are allowed to establish a solid background in human development while studying a specific discipline of their choice. Individuals with degrees in family studies and human services strive to serve the greater good along a specific academic discipline such as psychology, sociology, gerontology or women's studies and are employed in various social service arenas - for example, youth programs, family and community service programs, residential programs, the judicial system, Cooperative Extension, higher education, elder care facilities, and public health programs. Students can work with an academic advisor to customize their degree path toward their own particular interests. Graduates who have completed all of the degree requirements including the internship series are qualified to apply for the Provisional Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) designation administered by the National Council on Family Relations.

Careers in Family Studies and Human Services

Job opportunities in family studies and human services include positions in:

  • administrative roles in youth programs
  • the court system
  • Cooperative Extension
  • family support programs
  • public health departments


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The family studies and human services bachelor's degree is offered through the School of Family Studies and Human Services in the K-State College of Human Ecology.


The family studies and human services bachelor's degree requires completion of 120 total credit hours of coursework.

Admission Requirements for the Family Studies and Human Services Bachelor's Degree Programme

A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and proof of English proficiency is required for admission. Although not required, students having completed or transferring in the equivalent to the K-State courses listed below will progress through the program more efficiently as these are pre-requisite courses for the core curriculum. If you think you’ve taken a comparable course at another institution, use the transfer equivalency guide to determine it’s equivalency to a K-State course.

  • ENGL 100 Expository Writing I
  • ENGL 200 Expository Writing II
  • COMM 106 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Life Science (Biology, Biochemistry or Physical Anthropology)
  • MATH 100 College Algebra
  • STAT 325 Introduction to Statistics

Application Deadlines

You must be admitted for the fall semester by June 1, spring semester by Nov. 1 and summer semester by April 1. This means that all transcripts, application fees, and any other requirements must be completed and received by these dates. Please note: It takes at least four to six weeks for an application to be processed once all application materials have been received by the university.

How to Apply

Apply online through the Bachelor's Degree Completion Programme. The application fee is $40 for U.S. applicants and $80 for international applicants. However, if you have previously attended Kansas State University, you will not have to pay the application fee again. Be sure to select the term in which you plan to take classes. Transcripts If you have received credit from other institutions, have each institution send an official transcript to the K-State Office of Admissions and follow up with that office to make sure they have received your transcripts. Transcripts mailed by students are not considered to be official. The Office of Admissions will forward your transfer course material to the program's department, where an evaluation will be made of how your courses apply toward the bachelor's degree. Your application will not be processed until all transcripts from the institutions have been received by the Office of Admissions. Send your transcripts to: Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102

Tuition and Fees

Online and Off-Campus Courses Online and off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus are assessed at a fixed tuition rate regardless of residency status. There are no non-resident fees for online and off-campus courses offered through K-State Global Campus. Tuition rates vary by course level, undergraduate or graduate. Additional fees may be assessed by colleges and departments. Cost by Course For the most up-to-date course costs, refer to our Class Search. The cost shown in the description of each course is the total cost for the course. Proctoring Fees Some courses may require you to take proctored exams. These are exams taken online or on paper that must be taken in the presence of a proctor to ensure academic integrity. This is common practice for online programs to meet accreditation requirements. Most proctor services require that students pay a fee, and it is recommended that you ask about fees when searching for your proctor. If your course includes exams that require a proctor, you will be contacted by Student and Faculty Services at K-State Global Campus prior to the start of the semester. Tuition is set by the Kansas Board of Regents annually in late June or early July. Kansas State University reserves the right to change costs without prior notice upon approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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