Human Development and Family Studies, M.S.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit:
- A 1-3 page professional statement to explain their:
- Reasons for pursuing graduate study in HDFS,
- Previous experience and training in HDFS or related fields,
- Professional goals,
- Primary areas of research interest, and
- Faculty members with whom they are most interested in working.
- An academic writing sample (e.g. senior year paper, literature review paper, honor’s thesis, master’s thesis, or a manuscript published or accepted/submitted for publication).
Based on the review of submitted materials, select applicants are invited to visit campus for an interview day, after which final admissions decisions are made. The HDFS Graduate Committee considers the compatibility of the student’s interest areas with those of the faculty and with curriculum emphasis, as well as the student’s availability for full-time graduate study.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 39 credit hours
|Core Content (18 credits)|
|HDF 640||Professional Seminar||1|
|HDF 651||Contemporary Research in Human Development||3|
|HDF 652||Theories of Human Development and Family Studies||3|
|HDF 653||Contemporary Research in Family Studies||3|
|HDF 656||Race, Class, and Culture||3|
|HDF 661||Professional Seminar II||2|
|HDF 745||College Teaching in Human Development and Family Studies||3|
|Area of Specialization (6 credits)|
|Select 6 credits *||6|
|Statistics and Methodology (9 credits)|
|HHS 625||Research Methods in the Health and Human Sciences||3|
|ERM 681||Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments||3|
|ERM 682||Multivariate Analysis||3|
|Research (Capstone Experience) (6 credits)|
|Total Credit Hours||39|
Area of specialization courses are selected jointly by the student and the faculty advisory committee. All 6 credits must be fulfilled through content courses taken within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Research methods and statistics courses cannot count as area of specialization courses for the M.S. degree.