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Human Development and Social Intervention, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
Human Development and Social Intervention (HDSI) from New York University prepares you to pursue a career as a research project director, research coordinator, grant writer, research scientist, and more. In addition, you’ll be ready to pursue doctoral study in the social sciences, such as human development, public policy, or social and community psychology.


The MA in Human Development and Social Intervention program from New York University offers a distinct curriculum that emphasizes the practical skills of research design and methods, grant writing, and grant management, and program development and evaluation -- all from a community psychology perspective. 

The curriculum is firmly rooted in the traditions of community, social, personality, and developmental psychology.We teach our students to understand the social, cognitive, emotional, and health development across the lifespan, and socioecological factors that influence the contexts and systems in which people develop.

Careers and Outcomes

Our alumni hold positions such as:

  • Research project directors/coordinators
  • Grant writers
  • Research scientists
  • Program evaluators in university-based research centers, community agencies, hospitals, school systems, and private industry

Programme Structure

In your required courses, you will learn:

  • Theories of human development.
  • Theories and techniques of preventive and promotive interventions.
  • Theories and concepts related to culture and context in various settings.
  • Strategies to conceptualize and analyze individual and social change.
  • Research methodologies for program management and evaluation.
  • Grant preparation and grant management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Standardized Test Information – GMAT or GRE (and TOEFL if required);
  • Transcripts & Degrees; 
  • Professional Information; 
  • Essays;
  • EQ endorsements must be submitted online;
  • International Student Supplement.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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