College of Education Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Scienceswww.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes
About This Program
The Human Development and Family Science M.A. program is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the development and functioning of individuals and families across the lifespan. You'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of settings, including education, social services, and research. Read more...
Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries*
Farm and home management educators
- -3.9% decline
- 10,400 number of jobs
- $51,550 potential earnings
- -3.7% decline
- 12,200 number of jobs
- $59,870 potential earnings
- 5.9% faster than the average
- 192,900 number of jobs
- $66,970 potential earnings
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
- Minimum 110 Duolingo English test score
- Fall Semester
- Spring Semester
- Summer Term
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Identify physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions of human life within their respective disciplines; recognize the unique strengths and needs of individuals and families; and apply knowledge of human development and family relationships through involvement with and study of diverse populations.
- Communicate their ideas in oral presentations and written papers; demonstrate an understanding of theories, methods, and principles of research pertaining to human development and family relationships; and access scholarly sources of information and critically evaluate the quality of empirical research pertaining to human development and family relationships.
- Demonstrate proficiency in developmental and family research methods and relevant statistical analyses; and an understanding of program development, delivery and evaluation pertaining to human development and family relationships.
- Independently complete a master's thesis or master's project that reflects an understanding of the interrelationship between theory, research, and practice.
The Master of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Science provides students with advanced knowledge in the fields of family sciences and human development and the opportunity to develop multidisciplinary research and community outreach skills.
Coursework enables students to apply to become Certified Family Life Educators. Courses focus on current research and practice in human development and family science with an emphasis on family theories and processes; family life education; the reciprocal influences of family, school, work and community contexts; development across the lifespan; and the strengths and needs of diverse populations.
The program emphasizes both basic and applied research. Student participation in interdisciplinary research and community outreach projects is encouraged. Graduates are prepared for leadership and teaching positions in the social services, junior and community colleges and cooperative extension and/or for pursuing doctoral-level study.