Family Life
Family Life
Department Information: 
2086 JFSB

The goal of the graduate programs in the School of Family Life is to provide education that teaches students to conduct research that contributes to the understanding and enhancement of human development and marriage and family relationships.  In addition, the graduate programs will educate students in the prevention and intervention that promotes quality family living across generations. The graduate programs in the school are noted for contributions in marriage preparation, family studies, social development, and marriage and family therapy.

Four degrees are associated with the School of Family Life: Marriage, Family, and Human Development MS; Marriage, Family, and Human Development PhD; Marriage and Family Therapy MS; Marriage and Family Therapy PhD.


Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Phone:  (801) 422-5680
Address:  234 TLRB, Provo, UT  84602-6710
Web site:

Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Coordinator:  Jason Whiting

Marriage, Family and Human Development Program
Phone:  (801) 422-2060
Address:  2086 JFSB, Provo, UT  84602
Web site:

Marriage, Family, and Human Development Graduate Coordinator:  Loren Marks

Director:  Alan Hawkins
Chair:  Erin Holmes

Resources & Opportunity: 

Certified Family Life Educator Program. Students in the School of Family Life may enhance their graduate programs by taking course work that qualifies them for provisional status as a certified family life educator (CFLE). This is a nationally recognized credential given by the National Council on Family Relations for professionals who specialize in teaching and enrichment of marriage and family relationships. The graduate programs in the School of Family Life have been approved by the National Council on Family Relations as offering a quality curriculum that fulfills many of the CFLE requirements.

Family Studies Center. An interdisciplinary research institute focusing on studies related to all aspects of the family, the center encourages and supports research on family-related topics ranging from prenatal development to problems of aging. Many of the faculty in the college are actively engaged in such research and receive support from the center. Activities include providing grants, research assistance, conferences on special topics every two years, and outreach to bring valuable information on strengthening families to both families and family practitioners.

Comprehensive Clinic. The Comprehensive Clinic at Brigham Young University is a unique interdisciplinary training and research facility housing the finest video and computer facilities available and a staff of skilled technicians and secretaries to support graduate student and faculty research. The clinic currently functions as a training facility for an AAMFT-approved marriage and family therapy PhD and for MS training programs. In addition, the clinic provides the university and the broader geographical community with mental health services involving between 200 and 250 clients each week.

Family, Home, and Social Sciences Computing Center. The center assists faculty and students with social science data processing and other computing needs on mainframe and personal computers. Technical support and consultation services for both statistics and graphics are available to students working on research projects, theses, and dissertations.

Child and Family Laboratories. These excellent facilities provide a practicum setting in which graduate students develop skills in conducting and interpreting research involving small children.

The School of Family Life also provides additional research and academic support to family life programs through the Camilla Eyring Kimball Chair of Home and Family Life.

Financial Assistance: 

The programs offer graduate research and teaching assistantships, supplementary awards and scholarships, and internships as aid. Once admitted to the program, the student will receive specific information regarding their funding package.