Human Development and Family Studies M.S.
M.S. Degree: Core Areas of Study Program
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. Please visit the Career Opportunities section of our website for more information.
Adolescent Development: This core area of study is designed to develop general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescence through early adulthood within the context of their families and communities. Students are expected to complete a practicum in a program that serves adolescents.
Child Development: This core area of study is designed to develop an understanding of theory and research regarding children from infancy through the early school years and to prepare students to work in a variety of social science positions focused on children's family and school experiences. Students are expected to complete a practicum in a child-focused setting.
Accelerated Master’s for the Core Area Program
UNH Juniors and Seniors with a 3.2 GPA or higher can apply for early admission to the Core Area program in either Child Development or Adolescence by the deadlines noted on the Graduate School website. Accepted students will begin the accelerated program in either the fall or spring of their senior year. Students will be permitted to take up to 12 credits for dual credit.
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