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Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (MS-HDFS)

This program is focused on the acquisition of basic knowledge of the dynamics of human development and family interaction, rather than clinical intervention. This knowledge is gained through in-depth examinations of theory and the basic and applied research of the field. The thesis experience allows even greater opportunity to develop unique specializations in conjunction with select faculty. Students may choose to specialize in one of two broad content domains, or they may choose to integrate both of them. One sphere emphasizes the development of the child in the context of the family. A second specialty focuses on relationship patterns and dynamics among adult family members in their wider social context.

M.S. Procedural Guide (pdf)

MS Appointment of MP & Committee Members (pdf)

Required Courses for Master's Degree: MS-HDFS

Any one from:
HDFS 6200 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION (3)
HDFS 6300 FAMILY AND SOCIAL POLICY (3)

Any two from:
HDFS 7010 DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE I: CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (3)
HDFS 7020 DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE II: ADULTHOOD AND AGING (3)
HDFS 7030 RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND PROCESS IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (3)
HDFS 7040 RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND PROCESS IN ADULTHOOD (3)

All of the following:
HDFS 7050 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS (3)
HDFS 7051 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS LAB (1)
HDFS 7060 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS II (3)
HDFS 7061 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS II LAB (1)

BETWEEN 7-9 HOURS OF ELECTIVE CREDITS APPROVED BY YOUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

HDFS 7990 Research & Thesis (Note: Graduate School policy requires a minimum of 4 credits of HDFS 7990; a maximum of 6 credits count toward degree requirements.)