MS 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 Studies
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)
Child and Family Advocacy
Advanced Seminar on Multicultural Families
Identity Development
Remarriage & Stepfamilies: Development, Dynamics, & Intervention
Work and Family
Gendered Relations in Families
Children, Families and Public Policy
Poverty
*Or any advisor approved graduate level course
5. Thesis (3-6 hours)
Research in Human Development and Family Studies

For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School’s website for the minimum qualifications for the degree program and the Graduate School.  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 Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.