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Master's in Family Human Development (MFHD)

Plan B: Non-thesis (Professional Degree)

What is the Degree about?

The Master of Family Human Development (MFHD) program is designed to prepare students for professional roles providing education and services to individuals and families in applied settings. The MFHD is a practice-oriented degree especially suitable for individuals already working in the family or social services sectors, education, corrections, and for those who seek employment in applied settings. The MFHD is not a therapy training degree; a person completing this degree is not eligible to become a licensed therapist or counselor. The MHFD program will, however, provide excellent preparation for those wanting to gain a greater understanding of children, youth, and families in order to optimize their ability to provide services and education. MFHD students complete a final capstone paper in lieu of a thesis.

Degree Requirements

All students earning an M.S. degree, as part of the 30 (33 for MFHD) credit minimum requirement [MFT and MMFT students are required to complete additional coursework], must complete the following coursework:

  • a general core consisting of 21 semester credits (18 for the MFHD), and
  • 9 semester credits in their specialization (15 for the MFHD). See Table 1 in Graduate Handbook.

The core requirement includes foundation courses in family relations and human development, two research methods courses, a statistics course, and thesis. Courses are to be chosen by the student in consultation with the major professor and approved by the supervisory committee prior to enrollment.

Master’s students have six years to complete all degree requirements (from the time of matriculation). Coursework older than eight years must be repeated. Out-of-date coursework will not be revalidated.