Educational resources for marriage and family

Educational resources for marriage and family

The Master's Degree in Marriage and Family, University of Navarra

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The MA in Marriage and Family of the University of Navarra offers an interdisciplinary view of family and marriage, through the rigorous and systematic study of thirty-six different subjects,including various humanities disciplines, biomedicine, psychology, psychopathology and family therapy, education, social sciences, theology, politics and law, communication and the arts.

It is a two-year program, divided into trimesters final exams. The educational methods are varied. There are courses that require attendance in class and others are made for distance learning, which is directed toward students from all over the world, preferably with a background in one of the themes mentioned. The complete program is based on 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), each equivalent to 25-30 hours of study.

The student's work functions on a virtual plan, which involves all members of the educational community: students, professors and administrative staff. There is no doubt the proximity of the direct assistance of the teaching staff are crucial for a correct understanding of the materials.

The program’s integral vision of marriage and the family is also important to the enrichment of the professional development and applies to a wide array of careers and jobs.

The faculty consists of more than thirty professors from various schools of the University of Navarra, from various fields, as well as visiting professors from other prestigious Spanish universities.

Participation in the program is fully compatible with work and family responsibilities, but its academic excellence requires a systematic order. As with all goals that are worth achieving, individual effort and the support of family are paramount.

Tuition for the first year is 3948 Euro. The annual increase of the living cost is added to the cost for the second year of studies.

Master of Science in Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome)


The Master’s program began in the context of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, founded in 1981 by Pope John Paul II, who desired that "the Church would become enriched with the philosophical, theological and pastoral reflection on the truth of the person, marriage, and family, with the help of the human sciences.” It is designed especially for those in positions of pastoral guidance of families in the dioceses and parishes, as well as family counselors.

The program lasts two years, the first of which requires attendance in Rome with a course load of 20 hours of class per week (63 ECTS credits). The second year is set up for distance learning with the help of an online tutor. It essentially requires the submission of three papers (8 ECTS). At the end of the program, a 50 page thesis is required.

The Master’s offers two specializations: pastoral and educational psychology. The courses are taught in Italian. The cost is 2,000 €.

The materials and references reflect the strong personalist philosophy of Pope John Paul II and its biblical foundation. Take, for example, the well renowned book, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. This catechesis on human love belongs to one of the collections of the Institute and is used as a basic text in program.

There is an international teaching staff consisting of about 20 professors. Most of the professors are Italian, Polish, or Spanish, almost all come from the personalism school of thought, such as Stanislaw Griegel, a disciple of Karol Wojtyla in the chair of Ethics at the University of Lublin. Among the highly qualified professors are Cafarra, Scola, Ouelet, etc. The Master’s Program has a strong background in research and in publications that give it considerable prestige, as can be seen in the five collections of books on issues related to the family, the person and marriage, published by the Institute with more than 60 titles . In addition, the Institute runs a journal of studies on marriage and family every semester.

Unfortunately, the webpage on the Master’s Program as well as the website of the Institute are not up to date.

Love, Family and Education, Institute of Religious Studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

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This graduate program is not a Master’s degree. It is directed towards those who are dating, married couples, family counselors and educators with the objective of deepening "the anthropological, psychological and theological foundations for the Christian vision of love, marriage, the family and children's education."

The program lasts two years with a total of 60 contact hours and is structured in three intensive courses over the course of two days each year in February, May and October. The total is 60 credits and requires a program of study with both compulsory and optional readings. The course fee is 820 Euro.

The 13 professors are all teaching at the University of the Holy Cross or in its Institute of Advanced Religious Studies branch.

Master's Degree in Family Sciences for the University of Malaga

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Now in its seventh version, the Master's Program in Family Sciences in the University of Malaga boasts of being the first of its kind organized by a state university in Spain.

The head coordinator, Professor Tomás Melendo, specifies three basic objectives of the program: to cultivate a scientific knowledge of the family and its potential for improvement; to show to what extent the quality of the family affects all activities of the person and in society; and finally to facilitate a deep understanding of current issues: sexuality, the meaning of work, happiness, the media and technology, the most debated topics within bioethics, and the legislative reforms in all these fields.

Thanks to a very successful balance of theoretical and practical content, this curriculum is primarily directed toward parents who want to gain the knowledge needed for adequate formation. It also greatly draws people in three areas of professional development: education (managers of educational centers, teachers, mentors); family care (family mediators and counselors, security officers, lawyers, social workers, and political consultants); health care (pediatricians, family physicians, child caretakers, psychologists and psychiatrists); and the whole wide field that links work and family (entrepreneurs, directors of human resources, etc.).

It is a two-year program with a course load of 72.5 credits: 36 credits the first year and 36.5 the second, distributed among 7 subjects and 20 modules. There are two different ways to do the program: distance learning on-line or traditional class attendance. The distance learning method follows University of Malaga’s format for the virtual learning. Tuition of the Master’s Program costs 4,300 Euro.

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