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
Option in Human Development and Family Studies
|HDFS Core Requirements
|Minimum Total (Beyond the Bachelor's Degree)
Course Titles and Associated Credits
HDFS Core Requirements (16 credits)
Applied Research and Evaluation Methods (3)
HDFS and Social Policy (3)
Child and Adolescent Development in Context (3)
Adult Development in Context (3)
Family Process (3)
Seminar in HDFS (1)
Research Methods for HDFS I (3)
Research Methods for HDFS II (3)
Special Topics (1-3). May be repeated for maximum of 9 credits.
Advanced Research Methods I (3)
Applied Longitudinal Methods (3)
Advanced Research Methods II (1-3)
Advanced Special Topics (1-3)
Elective hours may come from non-core HDFS courses and seminars, from independent reading and research, from practicum and field placements, or from courses identified across campus. Students’ major professors and advisory committees are instrumental in selecting elective courses.
Students in the HDFS option (non-MFT) may also take any MFT content classes as HDFS electives (i.e., MFT Theory I & II; Clinical Issues I, II, & III; and Professional Issues) but they are not eligible to take the MFT practicum or internship.
Thesis (Minimum of 4 credits)
Research & Thesis