Children, Youth & Family Studies Alumni Jobs & Grad Schools

The CYFS program aims to prepare graduates for professional positions in churches, agencies, schools, camps and other nonprofit organizations. Over 80% of recent CYFS alumni (2008-2012) are employed in positions related to their degree or have pursued graduate studies. In fact, one-third of recent CYFS grads (2008-2011) are enrolled in or have completed a master’s degree.

Examples of jobs held by CYFS alumni


  • Director of Youth Ministries, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Stillwater, MN)
  • Director of Children’s Ministries, North Creek Presbyterian Church (Mill Creek, WA)
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry Director, St. Michael’s Catholic Church (Snohomish, WA)
  • Director of Faith Formation, Lake City Presbyterian Church (Seattle, WA)

Social Service Agencies

  • Foster Care Case Manager, OliveCrest (Bellevue, WA)
  • Parent Educator, YouthVille (Everett, WA)
  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coordinator, Snohomish County (Everett, WA)
  • Marriage & Family Therapist*, Cascade Counseling (Monroe, WA)
  • Executive Director, Ryan’s House Youth Shelter (Whidbey Island, WA)
  • Wellness and Health Case Manager*, American Indian Family Center (St. Paul, MN)


  • Recreation Manager, Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center (Stanwood, WA)
  • Camp Administrator, Lutherwood Camp & Retreat Center (Bellingham, WA)
  • Program Assistant, Mount Cross Ministries (Ben Lomond, CA)

Schools/Educational Organizations

  • Teacher, Hilltop Children's Center (Seattle, WA)
  • Job Training Specialist, Bellflower School District (Bellflower, CA)
  • Tutor, Turning Leaf Literacy Center (Wasilla, AK)
  • 6th Grade Teacher*, St. John's Lutheran School (Oxnard, CA)
  • Behavior Specialist/Special Education Teacher*, B.F. Day Elementary School (Seattle, WA)

* after completing additional education and/or certification

Examples of graduate schools attended by CYFS alumni

Counseling and Social Services

  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Northwest University
  • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
  • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University
  • M.S.W. (Social Work), Eastern Washington University
  • M.A. in Community Development, Loyola University

Education and Teaching

  • M.I.T., Elementary Education, Seattle University
  • M.I.T., Special Education, Seattle Pacific University
  • M.A. in Teaching, Pacific Lutheran University
  • M.A. in Family Life Education, Concordia University-St. Paul
  • M.Ed. in Student Development, Seattle University
  • Ph.D. in Education, Seattle Pacific University

Pastoral Ministry and Seminary Studies

  • M.Div., Luther Seminary
  • M.Div., Seattle Pacific University
  • M.A. in Christian Education, Luther Seminary
  • M.A. in Theology & Culture, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
  • M.A. in Transforming Spirituality, Seattle University