Bachelor of Applied Science
Marriage and Family Studies
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BYU-Idaho + BYU-Pathway

The bachelor’s degree in marriage and family studies prepares students for graduate study and for careers in family education, human services, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and youth services. The program gives students skills in marriage and family relationships, communication and conflict management, parenting, home management, and research methods.

This degree is developed and granted by BYU-Idaho, with support and resources coming from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Create practical plans for improving marital and family functioning.
  • Synthesize relevant research findings pertaining to marriage and family studies.
  • Effectively advocate for and “promote…measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bachelor of Applied Science of Marriage and Family Studies
Program Requirements
Complete two certificates as described below, plus additional requirements.
Complete the following certificate
13-15 Credits
Complete the following certificate
15 Credits
Complete one of these advanced certificates
15 Credits
To complete a bachelor's degree, the following courses are required in addition to the certificates stated above:
Complete the following additional courses:
Family Studies Internship
(FAML 498R)
Complete the following additional requirements:
General Education Courses
38-39 Credits
Approximately 30 Credits
Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.
Recommended General Education Courses
Each degree has a set of recommended general education courses.


Course CodeCourse Name# of Credits
ENG 150Writing and Reasoning Foundations3
ENG 301Advanced Writing and Research3
MATH 108xMath for the Real World3
GE 103Online University Success1

Natural Sciences

Course CodeCourse Name# of Credits
GESCI 205DNA: Identity, Disease, Design3
NUTR 150Essentials of Human Nutrition3

Art & Humanities

Course CodeCourse Name# of Credits
HUM 110Introduction to the Humanities3

Social Science

Course CodeCourse Name# of Credits
FAML 160Family Relations3
PSYCH 111General Psychology3

Religion (plus an additional 6 credits)

Course CodeCourse Name# of Credits
REL 200CThe Eternal Family2
REL 225CFoundations of the Restoration2
REL 250CJesus Christ Everlasting Gospel2
REL 275CTeachings and Doctrines of the Book of Mormon2

Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.

Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment,consider job listings for:
  • Human services
  • Case worker/manager
  • Parent educator
  • Family educator
  • Child and family advocate
  • Social and community services manager
  • Probation officer

Requirements to become a counselor, therapist, or social worker vary by country, but generally require a master’s degree, supervised experience, and/or testing to obtain a license.

Why choose this degree?

The bachelor’s degree in marriage and family studies has a strong emphasis on the development of employable skills. Specifically, the marriage and family studies degree emphasizes effective communication, professional writing, teaching skills, synthesizing research, basic data analysis, problem-solving, conflict resolution, persuasive speaking and writing, and other interpersonal and leadership skills. These skills can help students obtain employment in a variety of work settings, including but not limited to human services, parent education, and child advocacy. Additionally, these skills assist students in establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships-especially in the family. This degree will provide students with an extensive understanding of family systems and relationships.

BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Most degrees have a recommended plan of certificates that will help students increase their income and improve their employment possibilities.