Human Development and Family Sciences (M.S.)

Department of Human Development & Family Sciences

The Human Development and Family Sciences Master's degree programs prepare students for careers in extension, health and human services, and a variety of non-profit, public, and private organizations. Students may apply to one of three concentrations: the on-campus HDFS M.S., an online M.S with a Youth Development concentration, and an online M.S with a Gerontology concentration.

Students in the online M.S. programs in Youth Development and Gerontology are trained to work in applied settings as well as develop, evaluate, and manage developmentally-appropriate programs. The on-campus M.S. focuses on theoretical and methodological training and students will complete a Master’s thesis in their area of specialization. Students graduate from the on-campus M.S. prepared to work in and conduct research in a variety of settings, and/or pursue doctoral studies.  

Applicants who have prior experience with research as undergraduates and know that they want to pursue a Ph.D. may apply to be accepted to the on-campus program as post-bac Ph.D. students. Post-bac Ph.D. students who remain in good academic standing with the Graduate School and complete a Master's thesis move immediately into Ph.D. status upon successful defense of the thesis.

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Development (child, adolescent, human, gerontology, or family)
Youth, Family, and Community Services
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Department Chair