The Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, option in Developmental
and Family Science, integrates integrating theory, research and application to address
key issues that affect individual and family risk and resilience. Graduate students
gain a lifespan perspective on human development, studying family and individual development
in various contexts.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science uses multi-method approaches in research. Graduate students experience using different
methods, including survey, interview, direct observation and bio-marker (e.g., saliva,
blood, fMRI)*. Faculty researchers focus on infants, adolescents, couples and older
adults and collaborate with different fields, exposing graduate students to diverse
Official academic transcripts (3.0 minimum GPA required)
The HDFS Department is waiving the GRE test score requirement as part of the application
process for the DFS degree. Any scores uploaded by an applicant will not be included
in the application review process.
Letters of recommendation
Statement of professional goals
Resume or CV
If English is a second language, applicants must submit TOEFL scores
Students may be eligible for tuition waivers or graduate assistantships from the department. Currently
enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of
Education and Human Sciences.