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

The Master's-level Lifespan Development program is designed for students who have an interest in human development over the life course. Course work focuses on the principles of development, with special emphasis on the importance of context.

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. Human development (3 hours)
Theories of Human Development
3. Core content (15 hours)
a. Lifespan development (12 hours)
Aging and the Family
Social and Emotional Development
Cognitive Development
Life Course Perspective
Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
b. Family interaction and functioning (3 hours)
Family Interaction
Family Dynamics and Intervention
Family Theories
Stress and Resilience in Families
Interpersonal Relationships
4. Electives* (6-9 hours)
Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families
Remarriage & Stepfamilies: Development, Dynamics, & Intervention
Gendered Relations in Families
Children, Families and Public Policy
*Or any advisor approved graduate level course
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 the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied.