Graduate School Requirements
- Meet the University and Graduate School minimum requirements for admission.
- B.S. or B.A. degree with appropriate background in Human Development and Family Studies or a related field (see below for prerequisite coursework), with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (B) or higher.
- For non-native speakers of English, a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version), or 80 (internet version).
- Coursework in human development (minimum of two courses required with A or B), family studies (minimum of one course required with A or B), and statistics (minimum of one course required with an A or B). Additional coursework in research methods is recommended. If a student is deficient in any of these three areas, additional coursework will be required before entry into the program is permitted. However, prospective students may apply even if they need any additional coursework. Should such students be accepted, their acceptance will be contingent on successful completion of needed coursework.
- Although only a B.S./B.A. degree is required, students who have master’s degrees also can apply to the Applied Developmental Science program. For those who already have an M.S. or M.A. degree, a research thesis, or comparable research project is required for the Applied Developmental Science program. As part of their application form, applicants are advised to include a synopsis of their thesis. If the applicant did not complete a research thesis as part of the master’s degree requirements, or if the degree was not in a related field, a first-year research project will be required as part of the Ph.D. in ADS.
- Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination. Current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores at the 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative tests, and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing test.
- Identification of at least one faculty mentor for whom there is a well-defined fit with the applicant’s research interests and career goals.
International Student Applications
Application procedures are similar to those for U.S. citizens or permanent resident students. The following materials must be sent directly to the HDFS department:
- An official transcript of all collegiate work completed along with a certified translation into English.
- Certified proof for financial support along with the GS Form 3F.
- Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Track III Admissions are not required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS exam.
- A statement of purpose.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Official GRE Scores.
You can enter the Applied Developmental Science program with a completed master’s degree or with a completed bachelor’s degree.
Entering With a Bachelor’s Degree
Entering With a Master’s Degree in a Different Subject Area
If you completed a master’s degree, but you majored in a subject area other than Applied Developmental Science, Human Development and Family Studies, or a closely related field, you will need to complete the master’s coursework in Human Development and Family Studies.
However, if you did a thesis in the prior program on a topic that would be appropriate for the Applied Developmental Science program, then that thesis can be reviewed for acceptance in partial fulfillment of the master’s degree
Entering With a Master’s in Closely Related Field and No Thesis
If you have completed a master’s in Applied Developmental Science, Human Development and Family Studies, or a closely related field, but have not completed a thesis as part of that program, you will need to complete a first-year project that is comparable to a thesis project as a part of the Ph.D. requirements.
Entering With a Master’s in Closely Related Field With Thesis
If you have completed a thesis from a previous program in Applied Developmental Science, Human Development and Family Studies, or closely related field, or completed a thesis on a topic that would be appropriate for the Applied Developmental Science program, even if the department was not closely related, will need to have that thesis reviewed by a committee comprised of the Applied Developmental Science director, the Assistant Department Head, and the student’s adviser or co-advisers for acceptance or not. If the thesis is not accepted, then the student will need to complete a first year project that is comparable to a thesis project as part of the Applied Developmental Science Ph.D. program requirements.
Ph.D. Research Requirement
If you are entering with a master’s degree with a thesis you will need to satisfy the follow criteria:
- Original data collection in one’s area of research.
It is the philosophy of the Human Development and Family Studies department at CSU that all doctoral students should be involved in original data collection efforts as part of their doctoral studies (including master’s studies). This data collection does not have to take place in connection with the dissertation research, but it does need to take place at some time during the program and/or during the process of completing a master’s thesis that has been accepted by the Applied Developmental Science program as fulfilling the master’s thesis/first year project requirement for the Applied Developmental Science program. The student will need to specify when this data collection has taken place or will take place, as well as the student’s role in the data collection effort, as part of the research competency examination, and, as for other parts of the examination, the student’s committee members will need to view the student as having passed this requirement, based on the student’s experience, including his/her role in the project in which data collection took place.
- In-depth analysis of the literature and scholarly writing.
There are three format options for the exam demonstrating the student’s ability to do an in-depth analysis of the literature in his/her area of research: students select either (a) grant application or (b) Developmental Review article or (c) an essay/paper in response to specific examination questions that have been prepared and approved by the student’s committee and have been approved by the Applied Developmental Science program director (or their delegate(s) if one or both of them are on the student’s committee).