Human Development and Family Studies (M.S.)

https://chhs.unh.edu/hdfs/core-areas-study

The Core Areas of Study program has two foci: Child Development and Adolescent Development. Students in the Core Areas of Study Program may elect one of two options to complete their master's degree:  Thesis or Comprehensive Examination.  Both programs prepare students to work in a variety of human service positions and enter doctoral programs.

M.S. Degree Requirements: Core Areas of Study Programs:

- Child Development (CD)

- Adolescent Development (AD)

Program requirements for the Core Areas of Study include

Select 18 hours of course work including a graduate level statistics course18
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 930Child Development in Context (CD)4
HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development (AD)4
HDFS 991Professional Issues for Family Specialists4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 994Research Seminar4
HDFS 911Graduate Internship4
Select one of the following:6-10
Master's Thesis
Comprehensive written examination plus eight credits of approved electives
Total Credits52-56

Thesis Option

Students electing to complete a research thesis must write and defend a thesis based on original research. Students must earn a minimum of 6 credits of HDFS 899 Master's Thesis.

Comprehensive Examination

Students electing to complete a comprehensive examination must take an additional 8 credits of approved electives in place of thesis credits. The comprehensive examination consists of a timed, three-hour close-­book portion and a one-week take-home exam.

A graduate student who fails a course must immediately attend a mandatory meeting with the instructor of the course, the human development and family studies graduate coordinator, and, if desired, the student's adviser. If a graduate student receives grades below "B-­" in two or more courses, the human development and family studies graduate coordinator will make a recommendation to the Graduate School that the student be dismissed from the human development and family studies graduate program.

M.S. Degree: Core Areas of Study Courses

HDFS 807Practicum1-6
HDFS 809Child Study and Development Center Internship1-6
HDFS 834Curriculum for Young Children4
HDFS 843Families, Schools, and Community4
HDFS 846Human Sexuality4
HDFS 857Race, Class, Gender, and Families4
HDFS 860Family Programs and Policies4
HDFS 871Observation and Assessment of Young Children4
HDFS 873International Perspectives on Children and Families4
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 894Families and the Law4
HDFS 897Special Topics1-4
HDFS 899Master's Thesis1-6
HDFS 911Graduate Internship2-8
HDFS 930Child Development in Context4
HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development4
HDFS 991Professional Issues for Family Specialists4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 994Research Seminar4