Human Development and Family Studies, Master of Science Degree
During the first year of study (or no later than the completion of 9-12 credits), students are required to file a Program of Study plan with the Graduate School. The form is available on the Graduate School website. Students complete this form in consultation with their faculty advisor. The form lists the courses taken or to be taken to complete the degree, as well as the composition of the student’s Advisory-Examining Committee.
For a Program of Study plan to be approved, the following Program and University criteria must be met:
- A minimum of 33 graduate level credits (courses at the 600-700 level) must be taken. A 400/600-level course that was taken at the 400-level as an undergraduate may not be repeated at the 600-level.
- At least 18 of the 33 credits must be in HDFS.
- At least 12 of the 33 credits must be at the 700-level. [Note: HDFS 752
- and 755 are typically reserved for doctoral students in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Social Psychology.]
- 6 credits of thesis (HDFS 797) or 3 credits of professional paper (HDFS 796) must be taken. These (6) credits do not count toward the (12) 700-level credit requirement discussed above. Students may enroll for more than 6 credits of thesis, but only 6 credits may count toward the graduate degree.
- See the current catalog for information on maximum number of credits of HDFS 600 and 601 for which a student can enroll.
- A maximum of 3 credits of S/U, including transfer credits, may be applied toward the master's degree.
- All graduate courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in order to satisfy graduate program requirements. Grades of a “C-“ or below are considered failing grades in graduate school and will not count in a student’s program of study.