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Human Development and Family Studies (M.S.)

Course Description

Course modules
HDFS 501 Human Development Theories
HDFS 521 Family Theories
HDFS 533 Community In American Society

Research Methods and Statistics:
HDFS 590 Advanced Research Methods
HDFS 591 Qualitative Methods
HDFS 594 Intermed Statistical Analysis
HDFS 599 Thesis Research

Total Hours 32

Other Requirements:
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 (8 within the unit)
A doctoral student terminating our program early and without a master's thesis, must complete 36 hours rather than 32.
Minimum GPA: 2.75

All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores (MCAT in the case of Medical Scholar applicants) and to have previous coursework in a relevant area of social or behavioral sciences. GRE, MCAT and TOEFL scores should be taken no more than two years prior to application. Our application deadline is January 15 for possible admission the following fall semester. We admit students for fall enrollment only. Please refer to our department website for further information.

Medical Scholars Program
The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline, including Human Development and Family Studies. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine. Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees. Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp.

Graduate Teaching Experience
We do not require our students to teach but recognize the importance of teacher development for their future marketability. Thus, we make teaching assistantships available and encourage students to pursue a variety of teaching experiences as well as mentorship from experienced instructors. We also encourage our students to utilize the variety of teacher training resources that are available across campus.

Faculty Research Interests
Faculty information is available on our department website at http://hdfs.illinois.edu/directory/faculty.

Centers, Programs, and Institutes
Child Care Resource Service (http://ccrs.illinois.edu/)
Child Development Lab (www.cdl.illinois.edu)
Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Program (www.familyresiliency.illinois.edu)
Family Resiliency Center (www.familyresiliency.illinois.edu)
Lab for Community and Economic Development (http://communitydevelopment.uiuc.edu/webworks/files/index.php)
University of Illinois Extension (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/index.html)

Facilities and Resources
Bevier Hall
Child Development Lab
Doris Kelly Christopher Hall
Early Child Development Lab

Financial Aid
We are committed to funding all of our students who are making timely progress. The duration and amount of our commitment varies by program. Funding may include fellowships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships. These opportunities typically include stipends and tuition waivers. In some cases, fees are also waived. All applicants are automatically considered for all department funding opportunities; there is no separate application process. Federal and state financial aid is completely separate from the support provided by our department. For information regarding federal and state financial aid, please refer to www.osfa.illinois.edu/.

Entry Requirements

Admission is based upon both academic record and the applicant's fit with faculty research programs. We examine grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE, we will accept MCAT scores for Medical Scholar applicants) scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must have an official paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 103 on the internet based test. We will not admit anyone with a GPA less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Course Fees

Please visit http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees for more details.

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