Core Areas of Study
The Core Areas of Study program has two foci: Child Development and Adolescent Development. Students in the Core Areas of Study Program may elect one of two options to complete their master's degree: Thesis or Comprehensive Examination. Both programs prepare students to work in a variety of human service positions and enter doctoral programs.
Master's students electing to complete a research thesis must write and defend a thesis based on original research. Students must earn a minimum of six credits of HDFS 899 Master's Thesis.
Comprehensive Examination Option:
Master's students electing to complete a comprehensive examination must take an additional eight credits of approved electives in place of thesis credits. The comprehensive examination consists of a timed, three-hour closed-book exam and a one-week take-home exam taken no earlier than before the last semester of graduate study.