The Masters of Science in Human Development and Family Studies consists of an innovative curriculum designed to immerse students in lifespan development and the family system. At the same time, the curriculum also provides students with a foundation in research methods, policy, and an in-depth exploration of a self-selected specialization area, such as health studies, gerontology, adolescent development, parenting, or family life education. Students are encouraged to complete an administrative, research, or social service internship to complement their coursework with hands-on experience. Completion of a Master’s Thesis serves as the capstone project for this program. This integrated curriculum prepares graduates for advanced positions in the areas of human service and administration, policy and advocacy, and research and evaluation; and for advanced studies in Ph.D. programs.
The curriculum is designed around a set of competencies or learning outcomes that students document through the preparation of a Professional Portfolio. Click here to see the complete list of learning outcomes and examples of evidence for each outcome.
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