Marriage, Family, and Human Development
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 10
Contact Information: 
2086 JFSB
Program Requirements: 

The MS degree in MFHD provides students with a broad-based understanding in family sciences and human development. For some the MS is a terminal graduate degree that enhances professional opportunities. For other students this degree is designed to prepare them for doctoral study.

The graduate program is designed to address the theories, research, and practices that (1) strengthen marriages, (2) enhance the development of children, and (3) unfold the characteristics of quality nurturing relationships across generations.
Typically from six to ten students are admitted each year to the program, with the proportion of MS and PhD degree candidates varying each year. 

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Requirements for Degree.

36 credit hours of course work, distributed as follows:

Human Development - 6 credit hours:

MFHD 611 (3.0 credits) Advances in Human Development

One elective Human Development content course (3.0 credits)

Family Studies - 6 credit hours:

MFHD 612 (3.0 credits) Introduction to Research and Theory in Family Studies

One elective Family Studies content course (3.0 credits)

Theory - 3 credit hours:

MFHD 514 (3.0 credits) Theories of Human Development

Methods & Statistics - 15 credit hours:

MFHD 513 (3.0 credits) Applied Statistics in the Social Sciences

MFHD 691 (3.0 credits) Graduate Research Methods

MFHD 600 (3.0 credits) Multiple Regression

MFHD 605 (3.0 credits) Structural Equation Modeling in Social Sciences

One elective Methods & Statistics course (3.0 credits)

Thesis - 6 credit hours:

MFHD 699R (6.0 credits) Master's Thesis

Program of Study



Exam: oral defense of thesis and course work

Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Additional Requirements

Letters of Recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate your current academic and/or professional skills and abilities. Character reference letters from friends, family or acquaintances are not appropriate.

Resume required

Program Outcomes: 

Marriage, Family, and Human Development Fundamentals

Demonstrate knowledge of the dominant theories, main research findings, & contemporary issues in the MFHD research literature.

Research Skills

Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in the general research methods and statistics used in MFHD.

Effective Research Analysis and Reporting

Synthesize existing research: design, analyze, and report original research that contributes to a scholarly specialty.