Human Development & Family Science (M.S.)

Department of Human Development & Family Science

The Department of Human Development & Family Science (HDFS) offers a Master’s in Human Development & Family Science.  The degree advances students for careers in higher education, government agencies, and businesses in the private sector.

Many students continue their education into a doctoral program. Others pursue careers in postsecondary education, public policy, and other organizations providing services to children and families.

Our faculty specialize in several areas and work collaboratively with those in other disciplines. Thesis and non-thesis tracks are available; however, all students are admitted to the non-thesis track. After the first semester of study, you can request to switch to the thesis track. Students must be in good academic standing and consult with their major professor for final approval. The non-thesis student is required to complete a 3 credit hour capstone (a special project experience) in their last semester.

The M.S. degree can be accomplished in as little as 4 semesters.

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Area(s) of Study
Family Science / Studies / Relations / Ecology / Services
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