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Human Development and Family Studies with Emphasis in Family Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) , MO,
The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers Master of Arts (applied emphasis) and Master of Science (research emphasis; on-campus only) degrees. The MA and MS degrees prepare students for positions in junior college or college teaching and leadership in public and private human service institutions.  


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  •  Problems
  •  Children in Healthcare Settings
  •  Child Life Theory and Practice
  •  Child Life Practicum
  •  Latino Families and Youth
  •  Foundations of Youth Development
  •  Basic Grant Development and Management
  •  Adult Development
  •  Aging Policy
  •  Environments and Aging
  •  Aging and the Family
  •  Mental Health and Aging
  •  Women and Aging
  •  Biological Principles of Aging
  •  Long-Term Care Administration
  •  Black Families
  •  Childhood Death and Bereavement
  •  Developing Plans of Care for Community-Dwelling Older Adults
  •  Ethical, Legal, and Business Considerations in Geriatric Care Management
  •  Administration of Programs for Children and Families
  •  Personal Financial Issues of Older Adults
  •  Resilience in Families
  •  Stress and Resilience in Families
  •  The Process of Divorce
  •  Interpersonal Relationships
  •  Family Crisis Intervention
  •  Family Resource Management
  •  Topics in Human Development and Family Science
  •  Family Dynamics and Intervention

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 for last 60 hours
  • Required Application Materials for Campus Programs (submitted online via the online application system)
  • Application form
  • 3 letters of recommendation from people who can speak to applicant’s potential to do graduate work (e.g., professors, advisors).
  • GRE score (and TOEFL score for international applicants)
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27090 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11252 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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