The M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies program is designed to provide new and experienced professionals with a conceptual background in human development and family studies, as well as practical skills working with families and individuals in different human service settings. The major objective of the program is to expand students’ knowledge of the processes of individual and family development, and improve techniques and strategies for enhancing individual and family functioning. Basic to the philosophy of this program is the assumption that individual development is best understood within the context of the family and its surrounding environments.
The course work in this program provides learning experiences that are both theoretical and applied. This program uses a culturally sensitive approach to individual and family development that is integrated into a systemic, contextual framework for examining common life management issues.
The faculty in this program are committed to fulfilling the mission of the department, which includes facilitating access to higher education. For example, courses will be provided in the evenings and may be provided on weekends in order to accommodate those who have weekday work and family obligations.