Make a difference for children and families in your community with a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) from the University of Central Missouri. Our HDFS degree focuses on human development and the interrelationships of families in a culturally diverse world.
Through engaging coursework and the guidance of experienced faculty mentors, you’ll learn how to develop, manage and evaluate programs and services to meet the needs of children, youth and families. With UCM’s accelerated program, you’ll be ready to make an impact on your community in as little as 12 months. You’ll also have the flexibility to earn your master’s degree while taking all of your classes at our Warrensburg or some online classes. If you are looking for a course schedule with more flexibility, the HDFS degree can be completed part-time completely online in two years.
One degree with two options
Our Human Development and Family Science degree program offers two tracks. The HDFS track studies the dynamics of human development and family interaction in non-clinical settings. This track is ideal for students who want to engage in research, pursue advanced education, or work with children and families in non-clinical roles.
If you’re looking for a clinical degree, the Master of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Science – Marriage and Family Therapy track may be best for you.
1-year accelerated degree program
One-on-one faculty advising
96% job and grad school placement rate
Some online classes available
Just 30–45 minutes from Kansas City
The graduate coursework for our master’s degree in Human Development and Family Science helps you deepen your understanding of the current issues facing children, youth and families. You’ll learn about a variety of topics, including family relationships, research and professional assessments — as well as how to develop culturally diverse services to address these needs. Gain competencies related to your interests and the communities you wish to serve with electives such as:
As a student in our Human Development and Family Science graduate program, you will develop a grant proposal as part of an integrative project. If you plan to work in human services after graduating with your HDFS degree, the integrative track provides the skills you need for success. As part of the project, you’ll select a public health topic of your choice and write a grant proposal to support it. During this process, you’ll learn program design and evaluation strategies, as well as grant-writing skills that you can apply in your future career.
When you earn your Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from UCM, you have the option to complete a thesis on a topic of your choice. If you plan to enroll in a doctoral program after graduation, opting to complete a thesis project provides research experience that will make you a more competitive candidate.
Graduate students in the University of Central Missouri’s Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science program learn both in and outside the classroom. You’ll have many opportunities to conduct research, engage with faculty and connect with other students:
The University of Central Missouri’s HDFS degree helps you gain practical skills such as observation, communication, problem-solving and working with others to support individuals and groups across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Use these skills to advance your career or prepare for a doctoral degree. In fact, 96% of our graduates are employed in the field or enrolled in advanced education within six months of graduation.
Many of our graduates build successful careers in organizations such as:
Career opportunities for students in our Human Development graduate program
Use the interactive tool below to explore potential career paths with your HDFS degree. Find related job titles, average salaries and projected employment growth in the field.
The University of Central Missouri provides exceptional value to students by delivering a high-quality education at an affordable cost. We keep education within reach by offering low tuition and multiple options to finance your college education, including scholarships, grants and awards. That’s why LendEDU has named UCM a top-ranked university for low student debt.
In addition to scholarships offered by the university, additional funding may be available through industry scholarships and fellowships, as well as through the UCM Alumni Foundation.
Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Add a specialized graduate certificate to your master’s degree in Human Development and Family Science to accelerate your career:
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HDFS has rolling admission for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Preference date for applications in the fall is October 1 (for spring admission) and spring preference date is February 1.
Preference date for applications is February 1.