The Master of Science thesis program in Human Development and Family Studies prepares graduates for research positions and for advanced research study at the doctoral level.
The M.S. thesis program of study focuses on the intersection of human development, family processes, and socio-cultural context and is committed to the application of strength-based approaches to the study of diverse children and families.
Graduate course work focuses on building foundational knowledge in human development, family studies, race, class, and culture, research methods, and theories of HDFS. Students also complete elective coursework that includes graduate seminars on topics such as:
African American Families
Child Development in Cultural Context
Children, Poverty, and Public Policy
Cognitive Development in Young Children
Contemporary Research in Early Childhood Education
Families and Health
Risk & Resilience in Children and Families
Social Justice Research with Diverse Families
Work & Family
The Student Experience
Students study the intersection of human development, family process, and socio-cultural context in a collaborative and rigorous program.
Students engage in hands-on research training through mentored research with faculty.
Students learn and apply strength-based approaches to study diverse children and families.
Students from our M.S. program go on to do the following:
Research Project Director
Community Engagement Specialist & Recruitment Manager
Social Service Agency Director
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Human Development and Family Studies M.S. Programs in NC
HDFS graduate program in NC by The HDFS Report, 2017