Degree Programs

Graduate Programs

Why Mizzou HDFS?

  • Mizzou HDFS ranked #6 nationally in value by Great Value Colleges in 2016-2017 of all family and consumer sciences departments
  • Collegial and supportive culture
  • Family studies program ranked 3rd nationally, and 11th overall program (Kamp Dush, 2014)
  • Competitive stipends in a low cost-of-living city
  • Fellowship opportunities from the university, college, and department
  • Award-winning mentorship from nationally-recognized faculty
  • Individualized PhD plan of study, to prepare you for the career you want
  • Access to Mizzou’s Preparing Future Faculty program
  • Annual travel stipend to research conferences
  • Open research teams
  • Faculty research productivity ranked in the top 5% of the 235 family studies programs across the country
  • Face-to-face and online teaching opportunities
  • Built-in opportunities to conduct research, publish, and present at conferences
  • Exceptional placement rate post-graduation
  • Free access to state-wide and national datasets through Head Start, Project REACH, and the OPEN Initiative
  • 96% pass rate for the national Child Life Certification exam, compared to the national average of 67%

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) prepares students for professional service to individuals and families. The technical standards presented here are pre-requisite for admission and graduation from the Department of Human Development and Family Science, College of Human Environmental Sciences of the University of Missouri. The courses required in each option area (Child Life, Child Development and Education, Families and Lifespan Development and Family and Consumer Sciences Education) develop essential skills for professional work with families and children.

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