M.Sc. On Campus

Human Development and Family Studies

University of Nevada, Reno

24 months
21006 USD/year
21006 USD/year
5352 USD/year
Tuition fee
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 The M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at University of Nevada, Reno is designed to produce knowledgeable, well-qualified graduates who are prepared to enter the professional workforce as informed, well-rounded specialists in at least one area of the lifespan and in the study of families, and who are prepared to undertake further graduate level education if desired.


The Human Development and Family Studies program offered by University of Nevada, Reno aims to generate graduates who are well versed in relevant theories, research methods, and the conduct and dissemination of quality research so that they are able to understand the current body of literature in HDFS and are prepared to expand this knowledge base through research of their own.

During our M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at University of Nevada, Reno students will gain:

  • knowledge of biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional characteristics of humans across the lifespan;
  • knowledge of family systems and family interactions;
  • knowledge of effective communication for working with individuals and families;
  • the ability to provide education about individual development and family life;
  • the ability to combine elements of education, prevention, and early intervention; and
  • the ability to work in an intergenerational context and with diverse families.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Human Development: Infancy
  • Advanced Human Development: Childhood
  • Advanced Human Development: Adolescence
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Aging and Addiction
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Family Interaction
  • Children and Families in a Multiethnic Society
  • Families and Public Policy
  • Theories of Human Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Before beginning the Masters program in HDFS, students are expected to have completed some credits in HDFS or related disciplines, including an introductory level course on lifespan development, an introductory course on families and an undergraduate course in research methods or statistics.
  • Students who are accepted into the program without these prerequisites will be required to complete coursework in the deficit area(s) prior to beginning official graduate coursework.
  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from every institution attended for a complete history of your education
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21006 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21006 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5352 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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