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Institute On Family and Neighborhood Life

Graduate Program in International Family and Community Studies

The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum drawing from the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, community development, and policy studies.  

Graduate courses include globalization, world regions, human development, democracy and civil society, comparative social policy, community change, human rights law, humanitarian assistance, and social research methods. 

Our programs benefit current or prospective university educators, interdisciplinary researchers, NGO leaders, government officials, community developers, social workers, psychologists, public health workers, and others.

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We have multiple graduate programs available to meet your needs:

Campus-Based Programs ( PhD or Certificate)

  • For those interested in policy, research, or interdisciplinary work in governmental or non-governmental sectors

  • For students that receive assistantships, we try to provide up to 3 years of assistantship funding and tuition waiver for students with master's degrees, and 4 years for those with bachelor's; however, student-generated funding (e.g., grants, private funding) is encouraged

Blended Distance Education ( PhD  or Certificate)

  • For those unable to leave a job or a residence to attend a PhD or Certificate program, the same curriculum is delivered through synchronous classes via Adobe Connect and regular contact with faculty by phone, Skype, or E-mail.

  • Students from developing or transitional countries may be eligible for a reduced rate.

Overseas Program ( PhD or Certificate)

Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has had a partnership with Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic since 2005.  Dominican universities do not offer Ph.D. programs, our PhD on International Family & Communities Studies is the only graduate program from an accredited US university currently offered in the Dominican Republic.  Three students from the UNIBE faculty have already earned their PhDs and two are currently completing the required coursework.  To facilitate participation of students from the Dominican Republic, the International Family and Community Studies program began offering courses in a blended format in 2011.  Courses are taught in real time, using a synchronous format, connecting via Adobe Connect and are able to interact with instructors and fellow students.  IFCS faculty supervise students' research.  Individualized contact with faculty is through phone, SKYPE and e-mail.  Yearly visits to the Clemson campus for mini (one or two week) courses is strongly encouraged.  Prospective students from throughout the Dominican Republic may apply for either the traditional campus based program or the blended format.  Students, from the Dominican Republic, who apply and are accepted into the blended program will be able to register for courses at a special discounted tuition rate, as approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees.

Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life began offering the doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies in Tirana, Albania in 2012 ( see program brochure here). It is the first fully accredited Ph.D. program established by a U.S. university in the Balkans and is a significant advancement in the Albanian education sector. The Institute of Family and Neighborhood Life will accept students from around the region, focusing on promoting civic and community participation and enhancing social programs in Albania and neighboring countries.  The program is offered in partnership with Marin Barleti University in Tirana.  Courses are taught in real time, using a synchronous format, students connect via Adobe Connect and are able to interact with instructors and fellow students.  IFCS faculty will supervise students' research.  Individualized contact with faculty is through phone, SKYPE and email. Prospective students from all of the Balkan countries may apply.  Students in the Balkan program will be able to register for courses at a special discounted tuition rate, as approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees.

Students will be required to attend a week-long orientation from August 11-15, 2014  in Clemson, SC.

For more information, contact:

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life
Clemson University
2038 Barre Hall 
Clemson, SC  29634
864-656-3410
IFNLgradinfo@clemson.edu

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