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Master's in Developmental and Family Science

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 degree program is available on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses.


The master's in Developmental and Family Science requires 30 credit hours and a thesis. Core courses include:


  • Lifespan development,
  • Issues in family science
  • Parent education
  • Aging and families
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Policy in human development and family science



Research and Faculty

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 perspectives. 


Meet our faculty

Center for Family Resilience

Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience



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


Fall Priority - December 1

Fall Final - December 15

Spring - October 15


To apply to the Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, option in Developmental and Family Sciences, submit the following:
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  • Graduate College application
  • Official academic transcripts (3.0 minimum GPA required)
  • Due to COVID-19, the Department of Human Development and Family Science is waiving the GRE test score requirement as part of the application process for fall 2021 admission.
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • If English is a second language, applicants must submit TOEFL scores


Cost & Assistance

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.  

Assistantships and support


Financing graduate school 


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