MA in Human Development and Family Studies with Emphasis in Family Studies

1. Statistics and research methods (6 hours)
Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science
Any advisor-approved statistics course 7000 level or above
2. Core content (21 hours)
a. Family interaction and functioning (6 hours)
Family Interaction
Interpersonal Relationships
b. Family structures, forms, and variations (9 hours)
Black Families
The Process of Divorce
Seminar in Human Development and Family Science
Remarriage & Stepfamilies: Development, Dynamics, & Intervention
c. Family theory (3 hours)
Family Theories
d. Electives* (3 hours)
Aging and the Family
Stress and Resilience in Families
Child and Family Advocacy
Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families
Cognitive Development
Work and Family
Gendered Relations in Families
Children, Families and Public Policy
* Or any advisor approved graduate level course
3. Human development (3 hours)
Social and Emotional Development
Life Course Perspective
Theories of Human Development
Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
Identity Development
4. Legal issues (3 hours)
Family Law
5. Independent effort (3-6 hours)
Research in Human Development and Family Science
Internship in Human Development and Family Science
or MISC 8999
Graduate Examination*

For admission requirements, refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website for the minimum qualifications for the degree program and Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you've applied.