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Selected in 2002 and again in 2007 as the Most Outstanding Graduate Department on campus, we have a nationally recognized faculty whose research productivity was has been ranked in the top 5% of the 235 family studies programs across the country. Our department houses former journal editors as well as past presidents of the National Council of Family Relations.

We have a well-established mentoring program, which begins as soon as the student is accepted into HDFS. We actively prepare our students to become successful academic scholars both in terms of research and teaching. The range of careers for which we prepare our students is unparalleled. Since 2000, our program has placed more faculty into research extensive family studies departments than any other program in the U.S. We also prepare PhDs and master’s students for applied careers in administration, program evaluation, and program development. Our alumni have positions with universities and colleges in the United States, Canada, and Korea. We have developed an outstanding reputation as a place to study individual and family diversity and multiculturalism across the life course. Because we define diversity and multiculturalism broadly, our focus is on the multitude of ways that individuals and families may differ, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, family structure, nationality, geographic location, and sexual orientation.

Degrees Offered

Master’s in Human Development & Family Studies

100% Online On Campus

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: http://hdfs.missouri.edu/degrees.html.

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 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.

Youth Development Specialist Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as: 

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  13 

Certificate description: A certificate in youth development is ideal for professionals in a variety of youth-related fields. Areas include youth-serving organizations like 4-H; Boys and Girls Club; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; community recreation facilities; correctional professions; elementary, middle and high school educators; and extension educators.

Note: This is an online certificate.

Certificate web site:
http://hdfs.missouri.edu/grad_youthspecialist.html

For information about certificate, contact:
Lindsey Murphy, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Email:       
Phone:  (573) 882-4035
Address:  Department of Human Development and Family Science, College of Human Environmental Sciences, 314 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

Youth Development Program Management and Evaluation Graduate Certificate

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  13

Certificate description: A certificate in youth development is ideal for professionals in a variety of youth-related fields. Areas include youth-serving organizations like 4-H; Boys and Girls Club; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; community recreation facilities; correctional professions; elementary, middle and high school educators; and extension educators.

Note: This is an online certificate.

Certificate web site:
http://hdfs.missouri.edu/grad_youthprogram.html 

For information about certificate, contact:
Lindsey Murphy, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Email:        
Phone: 
 (573) 882-4035
Address:  University of Missouri, 314 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211