Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity graduate program at MSU

Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity

This emphasis provides an opportunity for students to integrate both lifespan development and family diversity by developing a focus on the balance of individual, family, and community.

Overview

The Lifespan Human Development/Family Diversity emphasis, within the Human Development and Family Studies M. S. degree and within the HDFS Ph.D program, provides an opportunity for students to concentrate on either lifespan human development or family diversity, two arenas of particular HDFS department strength and faculty expertise, as well as being arenas of considerable practical import and relevance. A Lifespan Human Development focus enables students to appreciate both the continuity and change of physical, cognitive and social/personality dimensions of individual development while directing that understanding to the practical and compelling practical issues of individuals in families and communities. A Family Diversity focus emphasizes the unique strengths of the diverse families in the national and international arena, strengths which facilitate effective problem solving and adaptation of families in communities. The Lifespan Human Development/Family Diversity emphasis provides an opportunity for students to integrate both lifespan development and family diversity by developing an ecologically-based, individual--family--community focus, particularly well suited for both cutting edge research and academic careers as well as careers in government and social policy.

Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity emphasis)--Plan A, Thesis

    Students complete a 30 credit Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity emphasis) preparation for continued study in a doctoral program. The Plan A or research emphasis program includes the completion of a thesis.

  • Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity emphasis)--Plan B, Professional Focus (non-thesis)

    Students complete a 30 credit Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity emphasis) with a focus on applied practice or policy development, including work in government, business or foundations.

  • PhD Degree in Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity emphasis)

    Students earning a Ph.D in Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity emphasis) complete a rigorous and focused program of study  which prepares students for cutting-edge research in a university or a public/private research organization.

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