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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks



HDFS Program

University of Central Missouri

Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science

Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development

About the Human Development and Family Science Program

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) graduate program issues one Master of Science degree with two connected and distinct specialization areas: 1) Human Development and Family Science, consisting of 30 credit hours, and 2) Human Development and Family Science with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), consisting of 54 credit hours. These two emphasis areas will share foundational courses and the Marriage and Family Therapy students will also complete clinical training. Click here for a tentative course schedule for both areas of specialization.

HDFS Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the HDFS program, a student must complete the entire admissions process:

  1. Be fully admitted by the UCM Graduate School.
  2. Completed a bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 2.50 GPA or 3.00 minimum in their major.
  4. Undergraduate degree needs to be in Human Development and Family Science or related field.
  5. Submit three reference forms.
  6. Submit Admission Essay (500 words maximum) addressing the following questions:
    (a) Why are you choosing this degree?
    (b) How can UCM HDFS degree assist you to reach your career goal?
  7. Interview- an interview will be scheduled for eligible candidates

Admission Process

Two Step Process
Admission to the HDFS graduate program at UCM is a two-part process. First, applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School. Once the applicants have been admitted to the Graduate School, the admissions application and transcripts will be forwarded to the HDFS program.  Second, the HDFS program will review materials and an interview will be scheduled for eligible candidates. The HDFS program then will make a program admission decision.

Step 1: Admission to Graduate School

All domestic students are required to submit the following to the Office of Graduate and International Student Services:

International Students: Additional requirements for international students can be found at 

https://www.ucmo.edu/graduate/int/?from=intl

Step 2:  Admission to Human Development and Family Science

The following items must be uploaded through your Student Portal to your application:

Please address the following two questions in your essay:

(1) Why are you choosing this degree?

(2) How can UCM HDFS degree assist you to reach your career goal?

Due Date:  Priority consideration for fall semester admission will be given to completed applications submitted by February 1. Admission interviews will be scheduled after February 15.

 

Questions? Please contact the Program Coordinator Dr. Jaimee Hartenstein at hartenstein@ucmo.edu.