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Understand human development across the lifespan.

The human sciences (M.S.) - developmental sciences specialization provides students with graduate training in an interdisciplinary field that examines human development across the lifespan in cultural, social and family contexts. Students will complete advanced coursework in the areas of child, adolescent and adult development with an emphasis in multiculturalism, diverse learners and learning sciences. The specialization provides advanced training for individuals working in outreach and advocacy, health and human services, education and businesses and corporations.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in human development and family studies, psychology or other related field.
  • Work well with other people.
  • Are interested in the complexity of human relationships.
  • Want to make a difference in people's lives.
  • Have strong leadership, communication and critical-thinking skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Social service agencies (e.g., family resource center, family violence centers, health centers, mental health centers, community support programs, volunteer centers, non-profit organizations)
  • Child centers (e.g., before and after school programs, child care centers and preschools)
  • School-based intervention programs
  • Adolescent programs and centers (e.g., juvenile detention centers, group homes, youth programs)
  • Policy analyst
  • Governmental positions with local, state, national and international agencies
  • Community development
  • Educator
  • Researcher with a public or private agency or institution
  • Program evaluator

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