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Applied Human Development, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Applied Human Development program at Boston University introduces future practitioners and researchers to the application of developmental theory to educational practice.
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The Applied Human Development program offered by Boston University prepares students for careers in diverse settings by providing them with opportunities to develop key competencies and experiences in the field. Our model seeks to emphasize the foundations of learning and education across interrelated developmental domains (e.g., cognitive, affective, moral, physical, social, etc.), while considering issues of cultural and social diversity. Through their course of study, Applied Human Development students develop an understanding of the intersecting dimensions of human development, including:

  • A lifespan perspective
  • The convergent impact of constancy and change
  • Traditional and changing life roles
  • The influence of gender, culture, race, disability, and socioeconomic status

Positive Youth Development

The Positive Youth Development specialization prepares students to assume leadership roles and responsibilities in a variety of youth-serving organizations. Students are asked to investigate a range of principles related to youth development, including: cultural responsiveness, youth engagement and empowerment, and strengths-based developmental approaches.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Intro to Research
  • Positive Youth Dev. in Youth-Serving Settings
  • Intro to Research
  • Adapted Physical Education

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official standardized test score reports
  • Non-refundable $95 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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