Students in the 4+1 Program in Human Development and Family Studies: Human Services Leadership Concentration will have a pathway to complete a B.S. and M.S. in Human Services Leadership in 5 years. This program is in compliance with CSHSE accreditation standards. Human Services majors who pursue this 4+1 option will likely have opportunities for accelerated growth into administrative and policy positions as well as more diverse career choices upon completion of this program.

Qualification for the 4+1 Program

Human Services majors may apply for admission into the 4+1 program after completing 60 or more credits.  Admission decisions will be based on GPA, work experiences, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, maturity, and a personal interview.  It is generally expected that students will have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25, and a major GPA of 3.5 or better; and they will have an academic advisor who will strongly support his or her application to the program.


Human Services majors who are granted admission to the 4+1 program and subsequently admitted to the MS HDFS program can waive the requirement to take

a) HDFS 470 or HDFS 475 by completing HDFS 601,

b) HDFS 422 by completing HDFS 621,

c) HDFS 449 (7 credits) by taking HDFS 669 (3 credits).

Content of the courses waived in the undergraduate program is addressed in greater depth and placed in larger scholarly context in the corresponding graduate courses. For any undergraduate course requirement to be waived, the student needs to earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the corresponding HDFS graduate course.

Course Requirements for the M.S. program in Human Services Leadership:

M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (33 credits)

HDFS 601 Theories of Human Development 3
HDFS 615 Research Methods 3
HDFS 621 Family Studies 1: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives 3
HDFS 637 Program Planning, Assessment and Evaluation 3
EDUC 665 Elementary Statistics 3
HDFS 869 Thesis or Theoretical paper w/ Field Experience 6
STAT 600/800 Level Statistics Course 3

Restricted Electives:

Choose 3 courses, in consultation with your Academic Advisor, from the following list:

HDFS 642 Leadership in Human Services 3
HDFS 669 Supervised Field Experience 3
UAPP 693 Economics in Public & Nonprofit Sectors 3
UAPP 694 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors 3
UAPP 696 Human Resources in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 2
UAPP 697 Leading Organizations in Public and Nonprofit Sectors 3
UAPP 698 Management Decision Making in Public & Nonprofit Sectors 3

During the +1 year, students identify a permanent advisor and two other committee members.  The chair and the majority (2 other faculty members) of a student’s committee members must be members of the HDFS faculty. This committee may also serve as the student’s final master’s thesis committee. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Handbook.

Transferring from the 4+1 program to the Ph.D.

Students who matriculated in the HDFS master’s program whom wish to continue their graduate education in the HDFS Doctoral program must submit a formal application to Dr. Bridgette G. Johnson, HDFS Graduate Coordinator. They do not need to submit a fee; however they MUST submit 3 letters of reference with their application. The application will be reviewed with all other applicants by the Departmental Graduate Committee.