College of Human Environmental Sciences


James "Sandy" Rikoon, Emeritus Dean
Bea Smith, Dean Emeritus
Jo Britt-Rankin, Associate Dean for Human Environmental Sciences Outreach and Extension
Jung Ha-Brookshire, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Victoria Shahan, Student Services Director

Academic Advising Contact
Victoria Shahan
106 Gwynn Hall
(573) 882-6424

Scholarship Information Contact
Office of Advancement
121 Gwynn Hall
(573) 882-5142

The College of Human Environmental Sciences addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life in a diverse and global society by conducting advanced research, preparing professionals and providing outreach.

The college is unique among its peers in its comprehensive use of professional advisory boards, whose members are leaders in business, government, education and the social services. These experts provide guidance and support from their specialized fields to students and faculty and contribute powerful perspectives to curriculum development.


Undergraduate students may enter the College of Human Environmental Sciences as freshmen. Some programs have requirements beyond those of the University. An entering freshman has the first year to explore the departments and the college as well as the combinations of subject areas for positions in fields such as design, health and welfare, business, industry and government.

All freshmen and transfer students entering the College of Human Environmental Sciences enroll in GN_HES 1100 Introduction to Human Environmental Sciences or SOC_WK 1110 Introduction to the Social Work Major. These courses emphasize career decision-making, provide an orientation to the campus and the college, and bring into focus the role of a professional in the improvement of the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

Transfer Student Application

Human Environmental Sciences

Students in another MU school or college, or from another UM System campus, must have a cumulative GPA and term GPA of 2.0 or better to be eligible for admission to the College of Human Environmental Sciences. For students who transfer to the UM System from another institution and then apply for transfer into the college, transcripts are re-evaluated by the college to determine what courses will apply to the degree.

A student ineligible to enroll in another school or college may not enroll in the College of Human Environmental Sciences during the period of ineligibility. An appeal for admission may be made after the period of ineligibility is over.

School of Social Work

Undergraduate students who have been admitted to the University after attending another college may request a social work major. Those who have completed more than 55 credits need a GPA of 2.5 or higher on all college work attempted.

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Professional advising staff in the Student Services Office assist the students in planning their college programs.

Students earning credit from another institution will have transfer equivalencies evaluated by faculty for course work in their professional program. Transfer work is evaluated by the Office of Admissions for General Education credit. The HES Office of Student Services determines how transferred courses fit into a particular degree program.

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a graduation check to be certain that all requirements are met. The request for graduation should be submitted to the HES Student Services Office the semester preceding graduation.  The application is available online at:

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Career Services

Career services cover a spectrum of career programs. These include business, education and agriculture career services offices on the campus. The Student Services Office and individual advisors provide information regarding procedures. Career exploration and preparation information may be obtained in the Career Center as well.

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The College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life in a diverse and global society by conducting advanced research. HES faculty have earned national and international research reputations while building programs that are valued by private citizens, government, business and industry, and human services agencies. The College has more than 400 graduate students enrolled in a variety of master’s and doctoral degrees. Graduate certificates and online study are other academic options in several disciplinary areas.

Architectural Studies

Human Development & Family Science

Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Personal Financial Planning

Textile & Apparel Management

Social Work

The School of Social Work, housed within the College, offers a CSWE accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program that prepares competent, effective and ethical social work professional leaders for social change.  The PhD program prepares students as educators and researchers with knowledge and skills to inform policy making, program development and evaluation, and research on clinical practice issues.

Note: Prospective graduate students must apply to both the degree program of interest and to the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, the entire application process may be completed online. Find admission and application details by selecting the degree program of interest in the left navigation column. For a look at the College’s online graduate degree programs, see Mizzou Online.