Human Development and Family Science MA or MS

This degree option is available for students interested in the advanced study of human development and family science. Both thesis (MS) and non-thesis (MA) options are offered, but students must petition to write a thesis. The non-thesis option involves a project, internship, or exam.

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Courses are selected from:

  1. Statistics and Research Methods (6 hours)
    HDFS 8200: Research Methods
    Any advisor-approved statistics course 7000 level or above
  2. Theory (6 hours)
    HDFS 8210: Theories of Human Development
    HDFS 8220: Family Theories
  3. Diversity (6 hours; additional courses may be taken to fulfill electives requirement)
    HDFS 7200: Latino Families and Youth
    HDFS 7300: The Black Family
    HDFS 7610: Stress in Families
    HDFS 8087: Poverty
    HDFS 8300: Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families
    HDFS 8610: Remarriage and Stepfamilies
    HDFS 8630: Gendered Relations in Families
  4. Electives (12-15 hours) This list will include all other grad courses we offer. Course offerings might change due to the curriculum review.
    HDFS 7257: Aging and the Family
    HDFS 7510: Administration of Programs for Children and Families
    HDFS 7630: The Process of Divorce
    HDFS 7640: Interpersonal Relationships
    HDFS 7720: Child and Family Advocacy
    HDFS 8012: Family Dynamics and Intervention
    HDFS 8420: Cognitive Development
    HDFS 8440: Social-Emotional Development
    HDFS 8450: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
    HDFS 8460: Life Course Perspective
    HDFS 8470: Identity Development
    HDFS 8620: Work and Family
    HDFS 8640: Family Interaction
    HDFS 8710: Children, Families and Public Policy
    Or any advisor approved graduate level course
  5. Independent Effort
    HDFS 8090: Project (3-6 hours)
    OR
    HDFS 8972: Internship (3-6 hours)
    OR
    HDFS 8999: Exam (no course credit is assigned)

*36 credit hours are required to earn a Master’s degree

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Courses are selected from:

  1. Statistics and Research Methods (6 hours)
    HDFS 8200: Research Methods
    Any advisor-approved statistics course 7000 level or above
  2. Theory (6 hours)
    HDFS 8210: Theories of Human Development
    HDFS 8220: Family Theories
  3. Diversity (6 hours; additional courses may be taken to fulfill electives requirement)
    HDFS 7200: Latino Families and Youth
    HDFS 7300: The Black Family
    HDFS 7610: Stress in Families
    HDFS 8087: Poverty
    HDFS 8300: Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families
    HDFS 8610: Remarriage and Stepfamilies
    HDFS 8630: Gendered Relations in Families
  4. Electives (12-15 hours) This list will include all other grad courses we offer. Course offerings might change due to the curriculum review.
    HDFS 7257: Aging and the Family
    HDFS 7510: Administration of Programs for Children and Families
    HDFS 7630: The Process of Divorce
    HDFS 7640: Interpersonal Relationships
    HDFS 7720: Child and Family Advocacy
    HDFS 8012: Family Dynamics and Intervention
    HDFS 8420: Cognitive Development
    HDFS 8440: Social-Emotional Development
    HDFS 8450: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
    HDFS 8460: Life Course Perspective
    HDFS 8470: Identity Development
    HDFS 8620: Work and Family
    HDFS 8640: Family Interaction
    HDFS 8710: Children, Families and Public Policy
    Or any advisor approved graduate level course
  5. Thesis (3-6 hours)
    HDFS 9090: Thesis

*36 credit hours are required to earn a Master’s degree

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