36 months
19534 CAD/module
8415 CAD/module
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Family Studies program from Mount Saint Vincent University examines contemporary issues that affect this field: family dynamics and development. 

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The faculty in the Family Studies & Gerontology department will help you understand the field of Family Studies, which focuses on family dynamics and diversity within an increasingly complex society. These studies will help you to understand the trends, challenges and developments in the health and human service delivery system and the disciplines that support it.

Program Options

You can choose to study toward a combined major, a concentration, or a minor in either Family Studies. These programs will complement your studies in other programs such as sociology, psychology, public policy, or women’s studies. As you pursue a program in Family Studies, you will better understand the field and develop your capacity to work in professional environments where a knowledge of family studies or aging is important.

Dynamic and Relevant Courses

You’ll build your teamwork and leadership skills by working on group projects in our diverse selection of courses. Class projects and presentations will help you to develop your interpersonal communication, conflict management, and advocacy skills. The assignments you complete will help you to hone your analytical and intellectual skills, your professional rigour, your leadership, and your social citizenship skills. Our program’s framework is designed to guide you toward a consciousness around social citizenship.

A Flexible Learning Environment

The student body in the Family Studies program from Mount Saint Vincent University is diverse — we welcome students of different ages, life experiences, and perspectives on families and aging — and this diversity helps enhance your learning experience. Most of your classes will combine lectures with group discussions on class material so students are able to learn from one another by sharing ideas, personal reflections, and professional experiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Family Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Healthy Aging 
  • The Roots of Peace and Conflict
  • Perspectives on Parent-Child Relations Across the Life Course 
  • Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission from high school must submit a completed application, the application fee, and have an official transcript of the high school record forwarded directly from the high school to the Admissions Office.
  • Applicants who have previously attended another post-secondary college or university and those attending while making an application to the Mount may be eligible for transfer credits. Applicants must submit official documents of all previous academic work regardless of whether they are seeking recognition of transfer credits for a particular program. Students who fail to declare prior study or to supply such documentation may be denied admission to the University or be dismissed upon subsequent discovery.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19534 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19534 CAD per module during 36 months.
  • National

    8415 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8415 CAD per module during 36 months.
  • Nat: (10 courses) $8,415 – $8,833
  • Int: (10 courses) $19,534- $19,951

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /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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