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Human Development & Family Studies, Master of Science/Master of Arts

The program offer a master’s degrees in Human Development and Family Studies with emphasis areas is Early Childhood Development, Family Studies, Family and Community Services, Gerontology, Lifespan Development and Youth Development. For more information about the Master’s programs, please visit:

Admission criteria for campus programs

Fall deadline: December 15
Spring deadline: November 1

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 for last 60 hours

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based8020202020
TOEFL Paper-based5505454NA54
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores*

Test Type Verbal Quantitative Analytical
GRE 50th percentile 50th percentile 50th percentile

* Some exceptions are made.

Admission criteria for online programs

No Admission Deadlines (We guarantee processing of complete applications received at least two months prior to the beginning of the expected term of admission. This will give admitted students adequate time to enroll in coursework.)

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 for last 60 hours

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Human Development and Family Science Program

  • Transcripts of all college credit
  • 3 letters of recommendation from people who can speak to applicant’s potential to do graduate work (e.g., professors, advisors)
  • Statement of Purpose (Personal statement)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official TOEFL examination scores (International students only)
  • Official GRE scores (University Code: 6875)

HDFS uses a paperless application system, so please scan and upload all documents to the Graduate School online application system.