Adolescent Development, M.S.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire offers a program of study leading to a master of science degree in HDFS with a core area of study in Adolescent Development. This core area of study is designed to develop general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescent development with particular emphasis on the influences of families and communities.
This core area of study is grounded in an ecological approach that focuses on supporting the health and well being of all adolescents with special attention to influential contexts, such as the family and school for adolescents' physical and mental health. Students will use a developmental perspective to conduct research and may develop programs, policies, and other interventions that address contemporary risk and protective factors. Those accepted into the program for this area of study will be expected to complete an internship with a program working with, or for, adolescents.
This program is intended for those want expertise in adolescence, oportunities for leadership positions involving adolescents in communitys contexts, and to enter a doctoral program.
The student's plan of study will be determined by the student in consultation with his or her advisor.
|Completion of the 12-credit core curriculum:||HDFS 991: Professional Issues for Family Specialists
HDFS 993: Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies
HDFS 994: Research Seminar
|An additional 22 credits of course work. including:||
HDFS 950: Adolescent Development
Students must take a graduate-level statistics course, which should be completed as early as possible in their academic plan and preferably prior to enrolling in HDFS 994:Research Seminar.
Note: Up to six of the required twenty-two credit hours of course work may be Independent Study.
|Successful completion and defense of a research thesis OR a comprehensive written examination plus eight additional credit hours.||
THESIS: HDFS 899 (for 6-10 credits)
|Students will design a program of study that may include other departmental courses such as:||
HDFS 876: Children, Adolescents, and the Law
|Students may also select related courses in other departments, such as:||
SOC 897 Sociology of Suicide
Application for admission to the Graduate School must be made on the appropriate forms obtained directly from the Graduate School:
109 Thompson Hall
University of mNew Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824-1497