Human Development and Family Science (M.S.)
The Master of Science in human development and family science is designed for students whose career goals include working with children and families. With advanced study in human development and family science, students are able to fill a variety of professional roles in the administration of programs serving children, families, and older adults; in teaching young children, preadolescents, and young adults; and in specialized clinical roles in child life, early intervention, developmental evaluation, and other mental health and human services programs.
Each student’s program of study is tailored to fit his or her needs and interests, and students are encouraged to select an area of specialization that will prepare them for in depth study in a related discipline. Opportunities for national and international internships are available for HDFS students to expand their study and experience. Students may apply for the National Council on Family Relation’s certification in family life education and other certifications. Students may choose one of two options: a thesis option, which includes the building of research skills and the completion of independent research or a professional project option.