Developmental Science is an emerging approach to the study of human development that combines elements of more traditional approaches from the fields of Developmental Psychology and Human Development. Developmental Science entails the study of human development across the lifespan, integrating the biological, cognitive, and socioemotional underpinnings of development, and incorporating the familial, social, institutional and cultural contexts in which development occurs. Admission requirements include the GRE and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For those entering with a Master’s degree, the following requirements must be met: 1) Master’s degree must be from an accredited educational institution in child development, developmental psychology, human development, developmental science, or related area; 2) At least one course in statistics and one course in research methods, with a grade of B or higher; and 3) Completion of an empirical Master’s thesis. For those entering with a Bachelor’s degree, the following requirements must be met: 1) Bachelor’s degree from accredited educational institution in child development, developmental psychology, human development, developmental science, or related area; 2) Statement of purpose should be 500 words or less and address the following (How your interest in this field developed, Why you chose our program at NDSU, The experiences you have had (e.g. informal, academic, employment, volunteer) that you see as related to this graduate program or your professional goals, What your research interests are and how they might fit with the current research emphases in the department. If you have questions about this, the HDFS faculty research interests are described on the HDFS website (http://www.ndsu.edu/hdfs), What your professional goals are and how this graduate program will help you accomplish your professional goals); 3) Curriculum vitae or resume, 4) Thesis or writing sample, 5) For non-native English speakers, TOEFL ibT score of at least 100 or IELTS score of at least 7; and 8) Subscores on the TOEFL ibT are at least 24 for speaking and 21 for writing. All admitted students are awarded graduate assistantships, which provide a full tuition waiver plus a stipend.
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TOEFL ibT 100 (with subscores of at least 24 speaking and 21 writing) or IELTS 7