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Doctorate in Human Environmental Sciences, emphasis in Human Development & Family Studies

For more information about the PhD program, 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 -based 80 20 20 20 20
TOEFL Paper-based 550 54 54 NA 54
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE Scores*

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

* Some exceptions are made.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies 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 Studies online application system.

Admission contact information

Lindsey Murphy
314 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211