The Master of Human Development and Family Studies (MHDFS) students are enrolled in a Plan C master’s program, meaning they do not complete a master’s thesis. In place of a thesis, they participate in a graduate practicum and they complete a capstone paper or projects.
The MHDFS program is designed to prepare students for professional roles providing education and services to individuals and families in applied settings. The MHDFS is a practice-oriented degree especially suitable for individuals already working in the family or social services sectors, education, or corrections, and for those who seek employment in applied settings. The MHDFS is not a therapy training degree; a person completing this degree is not eligible to become a licensed therapist or counselor. The MHDFS program will, however, provide excellent preparation for those wanting to gain a greater understanding of children, youth, and families in order to optimize their ability to provide services and education. MHDFS students work closely with one faculty mentor to develop their own independent capstone project. Because an MHDFS student specializes in a project under the mentorship of a faculty member, understanding the research interests of our faculty may be of interest for prospective MHDFS applicants.
HDFS specializations are studied in the context of current issues affecting individuals and families. Master’s level graduates qualify for careers in teaching, extension, administration, prevention and intervention programs, financial counseling, and agencies serving consumers, individuals, families, and children.
Master’s degree graduates in this specialization are competitive for careers including:
- Research for state and federal agencies
- Program development
- Family life education
- Extension positions (family finance, financial counseling)
- Teaching at colleges and universities
- Administration for local, state, and federal government (agencies that advocate for individuals, families, children, and/or consumers.