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Human Development and Family Science, MS

About the Program

The Human Development and Family Science graduate program issues one Master of Science degree with two connected and distinct specialization areas: Human Development and Family Science, consisting of 30 credit hours, and Human Development and Family Science with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, consisting of 54 credit hours. These two emphasis areas share foundational courses and the Marriage and Family Therapy students complete additional courses and clinical training.

 

Human Development and Family Science --30 credits

  • 1 year accelerated MS program
  • Diverse research projects and faculty to work with
  • Foundation for advanced degree

Entrance Requirements 

  • Be fully admitted by UCM Graduate Studies
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum undergraduate 2.50 GPA or 3.00 minimum in your major
  • Have completed at least nine college credit hours in social or behavioral sciences. Based on transcript analyses, students may be required to complete up to 15 credit hours of background courses in HDFS prior to taking graduate level courses
  • Submit three reference forms
  • Submit Admission Essay (500 words maximum) addressing the following questions:
    • Why are you choosing this degree?
    • How can UCM HDFS degree assist you to reach your career goal?

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. 

Marriage and Family Therapy specialization --54-60 credits

  • 2 years of coursework with a simultaneous clinic practice component
  • Prepares students to be eligible for licensure in the state of Missouri and many other states
  • On-site student training clinic for direct clinical supervision 

Entrance Requirements 

  • Be fully admitted by UCM Graduate Studies
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum undergraduate 2.50 GPA or 3.00 minimum in your major
  • Have completed at least nine college credit hours in social or behavioral sciences. Based on transcript analyses, students may be required to complete up to 15 credit hours of background courses in HDFS prior to taking graduate level courses
  • Submit three reference forms
  • Submit Admission Essay (500 words maximum) addressing the following questions:
    • Why are you choosing this degree?
    • How can UCM HDFS degree assist you to reach your career goal?
  • Interview- an interview will be scheduled for eligible candidates

Preference date for applications is February 1. 

Course Sequence

Courses are offered in the graduate program in the fall, spring, and summer semester. Contact your advisor for course scheduling options and advice. Course sequence for fall 2018-summer 2019 is here. 

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching and Education
  • Youth Workers
  • Health Educators
  • Daycare or Preschool Director
  • Extension Agent
  • Public Health Administration
  • Higher Education
  • Advocacy and non-profit
  • Adoption, Child Welfare and Social Services
  • Family Life and Parent Education
  • Case Manager
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Program Developer/Facilitator/Evaluator

 

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