University of Rhode Island

College of Human Science and Services

M.S. in 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:

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:

The University of Rhode Island offers an innovative curriculum for the Masters of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. This program is designed to provide a strong foundation in research, policy and practical knowledge of the field while offering opportunities for an individualized focus of specialization. Graduates from this program are prepared for leadership positions in human service and education administration, research and policy organizations, and for advanced academic work. A minimum of 39 credits of approved graduate courses are required including a 3-course sequence in lifespan development, a sequence in policy, research and statistics, and a professional seminar. In addition, students will select a minimum of 6 credits in a specialization, such as child development, adolescent development, adult development, gerontology, public policy and administration, family studies, or family financial counseling/education. Students complete a portfolio and a master’s thesis. Students have the option of including a policy, administrative or research internship as part of the program of study. Electives can be selected from a broad list of departmental courses as well as courses identified from other related fields. Students have the opportunity to work with a diverse faculty, conduct independent studies, gain valuable real-life experience through internship placements, and conduct original research while completing a master’s thesis.


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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