Human Development & Family Science (M.S.)

Department of Human Services

Our HDFS degree focuses on human development and the interrelationships of families in a culturally diverse world. Through engaging coursework and the guidance of experienced faculty mentors, you’ll learn how to develop, manage and evaluate programs and services to meet the needs of children, youth and families. With UCM’s accelerated program, you’ll be ready to make an impact on your community in as little as 12 months. You’ll also have the flexibility to earn your master’s degree while taking all of your classes at our Warrensburg or some online classes. If you are looking for a course schedule with more flexibility, the HDFS degree can be completed part-time completely online in two years.

Our Human Development and Family Science degree program offers two tracks:

  • The HDFS track studies the dynamics of human development and family interaction in non-clinical settings. This track is ideal for students who want to engage in research, pursue advanced education, or work with children and families in non-clinical roles.
  • If you’re looking for a clinical degree, the Master of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Science – Marriage and Family Therapy track may be best for you.
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Human Development and Family Science
Marriage and Family Therapy
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)