Free Online Marriage and Family Courses from Top Universities

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Utah State University, Johns Hopkins University and Brigham Young University are just some of the universities that offer free online marriage and family courses covering a broad range of topics including dating advice, genealogical research and parenting techniques. These programs are available as audio and video lectures, in addition to outlines, text-based courses and take-home exams.
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Free Marriage and Family Courses

Free marriage and family courses are offered from a few universities with even more options for course topics. Areas covered include marriage, parenting, family planning, children's rights, and intellectual development.

Utah State University

Marriage and family relationships will be discussed via one of the free online courses offered at Utah State University. Topics will cover finances, sexual relationships, and communication. The course in positive parenting consists of audio and video clips on things like principles of behavior, proactive responding, and building self-esteem.

Johns Hopkins University

The family planning course at Johns Hopkins will discuss subjects like fertility, abortion, contraceptive services, health programs, and population policy. Lecture materials include PDF files.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers a course on the American family. Required books for the course include The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families and The Family Experience: A Reader in Cultural Diversity, 4th Edition. Lecture notes cover topics like the origin of the family, sexuality, parenting, marriage, and family violence. Final exam study questions are offered in PDF format.

Open University

Open University provides courses in sexuality, parenthood, and children's rights. Topics include fertility, social policy, and what role a child plays in modern society.

Tufts University

Tufts University hosts a courses in positive development intellectual development. These courses include take-home exams and required readings from texts like The scientist in the crib and Mind in society, by L. Vygotsky.

Brigham Young University

BYU offers courses on things like family history, family records, military records, and dating. Students can sign up for these classes with their email in order to begin the course.

Free Online Marriage and Family Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Marriage and Family Relationships course from Utah State University Unspecified Text No No Yes
Family Finance course from Utah State University Unspecified Texts/external reading resources Yes No Yes
Power of Positive Parenting course from Utah State University Unspecified Texts/audio and video lectures/external reading resources No No Yes
Family Planning Policies and Programs course from Johns Hopkins University Unspecified Lecture notes/slide presentations/external reading resources Yes No Yes
Adolescent Health and Development course from Johns Hopkins University Unspecified Texts/lecture materials Yes Yes Yes
The Contemporary American Family course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Working Together for Children: Stirling course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Sexuality, Parenthood and Population course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Children's Rights course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Promoting Positive Development Among Youth course from Tufts University Unspecified Lecture text/slides/class presentations Yes Yes Yes
Intellectual Development course from Tufts University Unspecified Texts/seminar notes/projects Yes Yes Yes
Introduction to Family History Research course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text Yes No Yes
Helping Children Love Your Family History course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text Yes No Yes
Family Records course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/video Yes No Yes
Vital Records course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/video Yes No Yes
Military Records course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/outline Yes Yes Yes
Building a Functional Family course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/outline Yes No Yes
Dating: Romance and Reason course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/external reading resources Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Saybrook University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.
      • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.
    Master's
      • M.A. in Counseling
      • M.A. in Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Research Concentration
    Master's
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
      • MS in General Psychology
      • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
      • MS in Professional Counseling
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health
      • MS in Addiction Counseling
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • DMFT - Couple Therapy
      • DMFT - General Family Therapy
      • DMFT - Medical Family Therapy
    Master's
      • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy in General Family Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
      • DMN: Pastoral Counseling
    Master's
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
      • MA: Addictions Counseling
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Addictions and Recovery
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Life Coaching
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology: Life Coaching
      • BS: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery
      • BS: Psychology: Crisis Counseling
      • BS: Religion: Christian Counseling
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
    Associate's
      • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis Response
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis/Leadership Management
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - General
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Self-Design
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
    Master's
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
      • MS in Forensic Psychology - Family Violence
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)
      • BS in Psychology - Addictions
      • BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Educational Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Saybrook University

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • M.A. in Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
  • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • MS in General Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

What is your highest level of education?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
  • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy

What is your highest level of education?

Liberty University

  • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
  • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • BS: Psychology: Life Coaching
  • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
  • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Columbia Southern University

  • MBA - Health Care Management

What is your highest level of education completed?