Family Relations and Human Development (M.S.)

Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition

The graduate programs in Family Relations and Human Development take an interdisciplinary approach in the study of family dynamics and individual development within the context of the family across the life-span. The programs emphasize a balance between theory, empirical research and practice.

Students in FRHD have many options for building an individualized program of study combining coursework and thesis research. Each student works closely with an advisory committee to select courses that not only provide for interdisciplinary breadth but also address the student's specific research and professional goals.

The thesis for Master's students, and the Specialization Paper and Dissertation for the Doctoral students provide mechanisms for the development of specialized knowledge in areas of research interest. Building on core theory and methodology courses, students choose from professional and applied courses such as social policy, evidence based practice, assessment, and program evaluation. The programs have particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Gerontology
  • Parent-Child and Family Relations
  • Human Sexuality
  • Couple and Family Therapy (MSc)
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies