Human Development and Family Studies (M.S.)

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

MS students work closely with a faculty mentor (committee chair) and at least two other committee members on the research for their thesis. Depending on student and faculty interest, availability of existing data, and a number of other factors, a student may develop his or her own independent research project under the oversight of faculty, and/or the student may work with faculty on existing studies. Therefore, understanding the research interests (specializations) of our faculty may be of interest for prospective MS applicants.

HDFS specializations are studied in the context of current issues affecting individuals and families. Master’s level graduates qualify for careers in teaching, extension, administration, prevention and intervention programs, financial counseling, and agencies serving consumers, individuals, families, and children. Recipients of HDFS MS degree may also qualify for careers involving research. MS and MMFT graduates with the Marriage and Family Therapy specialty qualify for careers in therapy.

Coursework and faculty expertise provide a strong foundation for five program specializations:

  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Human Development Specializations
    • Infancy and Childhood
    • Adolescence and Youth
    • Adult Development and Aging
  • Family Finance
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (option for students admitted into the MFT program)
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies