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Program Overview

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 focus on family and community life (globalization, human development and family life in cultural context), human rights and social justice (international human rights law, the right to health, international law and policy related to children’s issues), community development and policy analysis (community development principles and practices, community transformation, policies and programs in human services, humanitarian assistance), cultural area studies, and social research methods. Our programs benefit current or prospective university educators, interdisciplinary researchers, NGO leaders, government officials, community developers, social workers, psychologists and public health workers, among others. 

Campus-Based Programs (Ph.D. or certificate) Keep links to PhD and certificate as is on this page

  • Some students who reside in the Clemson or Greenville area receive funding in the form of research or teaching assistantships, which carry a work requirement, offer a stipend, and a tuition waiver.

Blended Distance Education (Ph.D. or certificate)

  • Our courses allow students to participate and interact with faculty and fellow classmates in real time using web conferencing. Students also maintain regular contact with faculty. 
  • Students based in the Dominican Republic, Albania, and Kosovo may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate.

Overseas Program (Ph.D. or certificate)

Albania/Kosovo.  The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life began offering the doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies (IFCS) in Tirana, Albania in 2012. It is the first fully accredited Ph.D. program established by a U.S. university in the Balkans. We seek prospective students from around the region, focusing on promoting civic and community participation and enhancing social programs in Albania and neighboring countries. Courses are taught in real time via web conferencing, allowing students to fully engage with faculty and fellow classmates.

Iberoamerican (UNIBE) University (Dominican Republic).  The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has had a partnership with Iberoamerican (UNIBE) University in the Dominican Republic since 2005. To facilitate participation of students from the Dominican Republic, the International Family and Community Studies (IFCS) program began offering courses in a blended format in 2011. Prospective students from throughout the Dominican Republic may apply for either the traditional campus-based program or the blended format. Courses are taught in real time via web conferencing, allowing students to fully engage with faculty and fellow classmates. Students from the Dominican Republic who 

All Ph.D. students are required to attend an annual IFCS meeting/orientation in August. This event takes place in Greenville and Clemson, S.C.

The IFCS program is not currently accepting applicants for the coming academic year.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Susan Limber

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
Clemson University
321 Brackett Hall 
Clemson, SC 29634
(864) 656-6320