Human Development

NOTE: Applications are not being accepted for this program at this time.

The 30-credit minimum graduate program in Human Development (MS) is designed to provide advanced training, with special emphasis on child development and family relations. This program is designed for those interested in working in the human development field in such leadership positions as center director, director of services, program coordinator, case manager or project manager. Students take six required core classes, two electives, and a six-credit internship and/or thesis.

The curriculum is designed to:

  • Train students in the fundamentals of professional practice in agencies serving children, adolescents, adults and families
  • Provide students with advanced content in one or more research areas (e.g., early childhood, human sexuality, family relationships)
  • Provide students with internship opportunities in human service programs or in applied research mentored by a faculty member

All candidates for the MS degree in Human Development must complete the following 6 core graduate courses:

  • HUD 551 – Fundamentals of Human Development
  • HUD 552 – Professional Practices in Human Development
  • HUD 553 – Program Planning and Evaluation in Human Development
  • HUD 554 – Legislation and Policy in Human Development
  • HUD 555 – Grant Development in Human Development
  • HUD 556 – Introduction to Research Methods in Child Development and Family Relations

In addition to the coursework outlined above, students must complete six credit hours of HUD elective courses.

In their second year, students must also complete 6 credits of:

  • HUD 601 – Supervised Fieldwork in Child Development and Family Relations
  • HUD 699 – Graduate Thesis/Research

Successful applicants will already have an academic background in child development, family studies, or a closely related field.

Degrees offered: MS

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: April 1 for Fall Admission

Test Required: None

Contact: Sandy Caron

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Program Website: Human Development

Accelerated Program Information for UMaine Undergraduates

Major Pathways: Child Development and Family Relations Major

Accelerated Program Deadline:

January 31 of Junior Year (completed 60-100 credits)