Human Development & Family Studies (M.S.)
The Master of Science thesis program focuses on the development of theory and research knowledge. It prepares graduates for research positions and for advanced research study at the doctoral level.
The MS thesis program of study is multidisciplinary, calling for a synthesis of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences and for an examination of the influence of social context and policy on individual and family behavior and development. Graduate course work focuses on the contributions of family, peer, school, and other cultural contexts to the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children, adolescents, and adults; the changing nature of the family constellation; local and national policies affecting families; and issues related to the elderly. The M.S. thesis degree program requires the completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours of course work and research beyond the Baccalaureate degree. The degree program must be completed within five years.