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Option in Applied Human Services

The Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, option in Applied Human Services, provides interdisciplinary knowledge and skills focused on individuals and families across the whole lifespan. It is designed for current professionals, preparing them for leadership roles in diverse human services careers, and is available on both the OSU Stillwater and Tulsa campuses.


The MS in Human Development and Family Science, option in Applied Human Services requires 33 credit hours, including a master’s capstone project. Based on career goals and interests, students may choose to specialize in developmental disabilities, infant mental health or aging studies. Core course topics include:


  • Lifespan development
  • Family issues, such as poverty, divorce, diversity and abuse
  • Parent education
  • Successful aging and elder care 
  • Policy in human development and family science


Course information

Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health


Research and Faculty

Research centers around prevention and intervention efforts to help individuals and families reach their full potential. Research opportunities are available for students on both the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, including with the OSU Center for Family Resilience, or with individual faculty members in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.


Meet our faculty

College research initiatives

Center for Family Resilience

Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Institute for Building Early Relationships

United We Can



Applications to the program are considered twice per year with the following deadlines:

Fall Semester - April 1
Spring Semester - October 15


To apply to the Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, option in Applied Human Services, submit the following:
Students at graduation

  • Graduate College application
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals (2-3 pages)
  • Resume or CV
  • If English is a second language, applicants must submit TOEFL scores.

Graduate student resources


Cost & Assistance

Students may be eligible for tuition waivers or graduate assistantships. Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 


Assistantships and support


Financing graduate school 


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