Doctoral & Master's Program Information
The Department of Human and Community Development's (HCD) graduate concentrations prepare students to rigorously analyze and constructively address contemporary social issues faced by diverse children, youth, families, and communities. Our two graduate concentrations are:
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Our Director of Graduate Programs is Dr. Ramona Faith Oswald (email: email@example.com). Please contact her with any questions or concerns after reviewing our website.
Listed below are the graduate programs offered by HCD, with a description of career possibilities for each.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & FAMILY STUDIES. A doctoral concentration in Human Development and Family Studies prepares students for careers as researchers, educators, policy developers, or professionals who develop, evaluate, and implement programs for children, families, and communities. Many of the graduates from our HDFS program pursue careers in higher education. One strength of our HDFS program is our commitment to studying individuals and families within specific contexts (e.g., schools, neighborhoods, and communities). Students receive a background in both human development and family studies, and may choose to specialize in one area or use the overlap of both perspectives. More program information.
We are not currently admitting into this program.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY SERVICES. We offer a joint Master's degree (M.S./M.S.W.) program with the School of Social Work that prepares students for a wide range of positions in agencies and institutions serving families (e.g., family intervention, family life and parent education programs, advocacy, and outreach). In addition, graduates may also work toward a career in marital and family therapy, and qualify for licensure and certification as professional social workers. More program information.