University of Rhode Island

College of Human Science and Services

M.S. in Developmental Science (Human Development and Family Studies)


Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island, 60 Upper College Road, Suite 1

Transition Center

Kingston, RI 02881

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. - Human Development and Family Studies (Developmental Science), Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate (Application and selection required)Certified Family Life Educator (Program approved by the National Council on Family Relations)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This M.S. program is designed to immerse students in a specialized area of human development and family studies, while providing a strong emphasis on policy, research, and practical knowledge of the field. Graduates from this program are prepared for leadership positions in human service and education administration, research and policy organizations, and for advanced academic work at the Ph.D. level.

Admission requirements: 18 undergraduate credits from relevant disciplines, including human development and family studies, psychology, and sociology. Majors in related fields (e.g. nursing, political science, education) may be admitted with the permission of the director of graduate studies.  Completion of an undergraduate level statistics course taken prior to beginning the program or in their first year of the program is required. Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one from an academic reference. Application deadline for fall admission is February 15. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Program requirements: a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate courses that include a developmental seminar; a sequence in policy and research; and a professional seminar. In addition, students will select a minimum of 6 credits in a specialization, such as child development, early childhood education, adult development/gerontology, public policy/administration, family studies, and family financial counseling/education. Students complete a master’s thesis. Students will have the option of including up to 3 credits of a policy, administrative, or research internship as part of the program of study.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 39

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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