Human Development and Family Studies (M.S.)

https://chhs.unh.edu/human-development-family-studies/program/ms/human-development-family-studies

M.S. Degree: Core Areas of Study

The Core Areas of Study 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. Please visit the Career Opportunities section of our website for more information.

Child Development: This core area of study is designed to develop an understanding of theory and research regarding children from infancy through the early school years and to prepare students to work in a variety of positions focused on children's family and school experiences. Students are expected to complete a practicum in a child-focused setting.

Adolescent Development: This core area of study is designed to develop general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescence through early adulthood within the context of families and communities. Students are expected to complete a practicum in a program that serves adolescents.

Program Distinctions

  • Collegial and supportive Culture
  • Department scholarship opportunities available
  • Award-winning mentorship from nationally-recognized faculty
  • Many career options
  • Individualized M.S. plan of study
  • Option to work and conduct research at the department's Child Study and Development Center
  • Exceptional placement rate post-graduation
  • Opportunities to conduct research, publish, and present at conferences
  • Practical experience gained through practicum
  • Small class size  

Why Core Area of Studies?

Graduates of Human Development and Family Studies, M.S. are positioned to:

  • Innovative outreach efforts that extend knowledge to policymakers, employers, and professionals.
  • Contribute to the well-being of individuals and families through knowledge, teaching, leadership, and professional practice.
  • Apply to doctoral programs.
  • Assume leadership positions in human service agencies, corporations and school.

The Accelerated HDFS Master’s is available to qualified undergraduate students

UNH Juniors and Seniors with a 3.2 GPA or higher can apply for early admission to the Core Area program in either Child Development or Adolescence by the deadlines noted on the Graduate School website. No GRE required. Accepted students will begin the accelerated program in either the fall or spring of their senior year. Students will be permitted to take up to 12 credits for dual credit.

CORE AREAS OF STUDY REQUIREMENTS

CHILD DEVELOPMENT 

Required Child Development Courses:
HDFS 911Graduate Internship4 - 8
HDFS 930Child Development in Context 4
HDFS 991Professional Issues for Family Specialists4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 994Research Seminar4
Graduate-level stats class, options include:
EDUC 881Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making4
or MATH 835 Statistical Methods for Research
or SOC 901 Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
or SW 962 Data Analysis and Statistics
Additional 10 elective credits selected with advisor from the following departmental courses or approved graduate courses in other departments 1
HDFS 857Race, Class, Gender, and Families4
HDFS 895Advanced Independent Study1-6
HDFS 846Human Sexuality4
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 894Families and the Law4
Thesis or Comprehensive Examination:
Thesis Option 2
HDFS 899Master's Thesis (Successful completion)6-10
or
Comprehensive Examination
Additional 8 credits of approved electives
Total credits required to graduate40-44

ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

Required Adolescent Development Courses
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
Graduate-level stats class, options include:
EDUC 881Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making4
or MATH 835 Statistical Methods for Research
or SOC 901 Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
or SW 962 Data Analysis and Statistics
HDFS 911Graduate Internship4 - 8
HDFS 950Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development4
HDFS 991Professional Issues for Family Specialists4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 994Research Seminar4
Additional 6 elective credits selected with advisor from the following departmental courses or approved graduate courses in other departments 1
HDFS 857Race, Class, Gender, and Families4
HDFS 895Advanced Independent Study1-6
HDFS 846Human Sexuality4
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 894Families and the Law4
SW 814Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention3
SOC 897Special Topics4
Thesis or Comprehensive Examination
Thesis Option 2
HDFS 899Master's Thesis (Successful completion)6-10
or
Comprehensive Examination
8 Additional credits of approved electives
Total credits required to graduate40-44

Grade Policy

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 program.

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