48 months
29706 USD/year
29706 USD/year
10806 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Child, Youth, and Family Studies major at Portland State University is an interdisciplinary blend of liberal arts education and professional preparation for those planning careers with children, youth, and families. 

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Students learn to situate children and young people in current and historical social, political, and cultural contexts while developing the skills to practice effectively in youth work, education, social work, hospital, child welfare, early childhood, and other settings centering children, youth, and families.

The Child, Youth, and Family Studies major at Portland State University is for students interested in improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Whether you are a returning student with years of experience, an activist fighting for justice and equity, or a curious undergrad still exploring your options, CYFS will put you on the path to a career with children and young people.

You will experience a cutting-edge curriculum that promotes justice and equity as you build the skills to work effectively with children, youth, and families. Our program welcomes non-traditional students and embraces the wisdom you bring to the classroom. Our articulation agreements with 11 Oregon community colleges help us support you on your pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Our flexibility allows us to incorporate the needs of our students as full people. We will work together with you to design a schedule and curriculum that turns your dreams into real-world impact.


You can go in many different directions with a degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Our innovative interdisciplinary program will equip you with a blend of professional preparation and academic rigor.

Through 300 hours of hands-on practicum experience, you will develop both practical professional skills and build relationships with education and social service professionals that will help you achieve your career goals. With a CYFS degree, you join a long list of other values-driven change agents including:

  • Early childhood educators
  • Elementary and secondary educators
  • Special educators
  • Human services professionals, case managers, and counselors
  • Outreach workers
  • Residential care treatment providers
  • Child welfare workers
  • Child Life specialists
  • Disability advocates

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Self: Ways of Knowing
  • Professional Self: Critical Thinking
  • Professional Self: Identity
  • Professional Self: Integration
  • Practicum 
  • Youth and Youth Work
  • Working with Diverse Families
  • Queer Families

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29706 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29706 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    29706 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29706 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10806 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10806 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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