Responding to the growing need for qualified professionals in the social and human services professions, the Department of Behavioral Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Human Development and Family Studies (the HDFS Master’s Program).
The program is designed for those already employed in a social or human service setting or in preschools as well as recent college graduates who are not yet established in a professional area. The HDFS Masters curriculum provides master’s level work in research methodology, statistical analysis, and theories of human development research. Students gain the knowledge necessary to help them qualify for middle and senior-level administrative positions or enter a doctoral program in human development, psychology, or sociology at some future time. Students may select electives from among the areas of: family studies/services, gerontology studies/services, human/social services management, and preschool education/management.
The HDFS Master’s program provides intimate learning experiences, evening classes, individual support, and practical learning.