About the Program
There are two specializations offered under the Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies: Prevention Science and Marriage and Family Therapy. Curricula in both programs include core courses in individual development, family theories, current research and issues in HDFS, and research methods. A research thesis is also required.
Applicants come from a variety of backgrounds including the behavioral sciences, education, and the health professions. Opportunities exist in each specialization to focus on particular age ranges, such as early childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and aging. Graduates are expected to demonstrate strong research skills, and must complete a thesis.