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The Department offers several programs for graduate students seeking masters or doctoral degrees in the field of Human Development and Family Sciences.


4+1 Bachelors/Masters Programs

4+1 programs allow students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in just 5 years! These programs are ideal for students who are confident in their pursuit of a career in Human Services or Early Childhood Education. After earning 60 credits towards a Bachelors degree, students can apply to the appropriate 4+1 program to start integrating graduate coursework into their junior and senior years. If coursework is planned correctly, the Masters degree can be earned in a shorter period than the traditional two years.

Graduate Programs

These programs prepare students to be scholars, researchers, leaders and practitioners in HDFS related fields.

  • Overview and Admission Requirements: Learn what is required for admittance to these competitive graduate programs.
  • M.S. Human Development and Family Sciences: This graduate program is designed to prepare students to be scholarly leaders, researchers or professors in human services and early childhood related fields.
  • Ph.D. Human Development and Family Sciences: This graduate program combines course work and extensive field work and research under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
  • M.A. in Early Childhood Development and Programming: This 12-month professional graduate program prepares students to administer high quality early childhood programming through coursework and clinical experiences in early childhood centers.  This program accepts both full-time and part-time students.
  • M.A. in Leadership in Disability Services: This interdisciplinary, professional program prepares students to become leaders in the field of disability services through developing the knowledge and skills necessary to lead agencies and organizations that provide services directly to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Partner Masters Program

Human Services students interested in pursuing a career in Couple and Family Therapy can apply to this masters program at Thomas Jefferson University.

  • Masters in Couple and Family TherapyA two-year program that provides 500 hours of direct clinical experience. Human Services students are highly qualified for admission to this program with GPA and prerequisite coursework.