The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers two programs of study leading to a Master of Science degree in HDFS, the Core Areas of Study Program and the Marriage and Family Therapy option.
The goal of both programs is to provide students with an understanding of theory and methods relevant to human development and family studies and to prepare them to work with families in therapeutic, educational, and community or corporate settings.
Master's students electing to complete a research thesis must write and defend a thesis based on original research. Students must earn a minimum of six credits of HDFS 899 (Master's Thesis).
Comprehensive Examination Option
Master's students electing to complete a comprehensive examination must take an additional eight credits of approved electives in place of thesis credits. The comprehensive examination consists of a timed, three-hour closed-book portion and a one-week take-home exam taken no earlier than before the last semester of graduate study.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers a one-year, 14 to 15-credit, multidisciplinary certificate program in Adolescent Development or Child Advocacy and Family Policy.
The certificate program is intended for individuals who are already working in the field, as well as those individuals who are changing careers or who are already working in related fields and need to meet continuing education requirements or desire additional academic preparation. The goal of the certificate program is to build general competence in understanding and applying theory and research, and to develop competency in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies that impact children, adolescents, and families.