M.S. Family Life Education


With Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Science in Family Life Education program, you can enhance your churchwork role and guide your congregation using a holistic view of modern therapy that’s infused with Scripture and emphasizes faith and family perspectives. 

With an M.S. degree in Family Life Education, you will: 

  • Live your passion for helping others navigate life’s toughest issues with a degree that’s focused on the congregational environment rather than the clinic. 
  • Guide and support the families in your congregation and community by developing your knowledge of faith-focused family science perspectives that reflect Christ’s light and champion a Christian worldview that revitalizes and protects and strengthens marriages and families. 
  • Acquire the in-depth knowledge and real-world experience you need to counsel people of all ages and backgrounds as a certified Family Life Educator. 
36-39 credit hours
$360* PER credit hour for Nebraska Residents & Lutheran Educators
Class Type 100% Online, 8-week courses
18 Months Time to Degree

Strengthen Modern Counseling with Faith-Focused Family Perspectives.

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Program Highlights


Concordia University’s online M.S. in Family Life Education degree goes beyond the limits of traditional helping programs in the church by: 

  • Empowering pastors, DCE’s, deaconesses, and other church workers to practice the most effective helping skills tailored to the church environment. 
  • Combining modern psychological theories and practices with Biblical principles for a distinctive blend of faith-based instruction and real-world experience the centers in supporting the family. 
  • Enhancing the approach through holistic perspectives that reflect our relationship with Christ and emphasize marriages and families as a central agency God uses to demonstrate His love. 


Concordia's online M.S. in Family Life Education program is accredited through the National Higher Learning Commission. Our program curriculum is aligned with the content requirements by the National Council on Family Relations. Graduates of our family life educator program are eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators through the NCFR. Our online FLE program can be completed over the course of two years through convenient eight-week courses. Want to read more about our curriculum? Click the curriculum tab above to learn more. 


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Degree Goals

A graduate of Concordia University’s Family Life Education master’s degree will be able to:   

  • Understand and apply a grounded family science approach by being relationship focused, evidence based, preventative and strength oriented.  
  • Apply knowledge of family science in a culturally appropriate manner to a wide range of demographic groups inside and outside the church environment. 
  • Utilize a variety of theoretical approaches to understating and helping families. 
  • Effectively guide congregation and community members of any age in matters of human growth & development, sexuality; family dynamics; resource management; parent & family education; family law: interpersonal relationships: ethics and family life methodology 
  • Equip and empower family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance well-being and strengthen interpersonal relationships through an educational, preventive, and strengths-based approach.   

Career Outcomes

A degree in Family Life education not only enables you to serve the members of your congregation and community, but also unlocks additional career roles in leadership and administration, teaching and higher education positions, speaking about mental health and specific areas of interest, and pioneering education of Christian perspectives and influence on ministry and counseling. 


  • Use your knowledge and skills to help individuals, couples, and families effectively evaluate, understand, and develop solutions to myriad experiences and situations. 
  • Utilize Christ-focused perspectives to support and restore marriages, strengthen relationships and families, and positively influence entire communities. 


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