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University of New Hampshire (Department of Human Development and Family Studies) College of Health and Human Services University of New Hampshire

  • Durham, NH
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 80%20%
    student ratio
  • 20
    total students
  • $13,500 | $25,940
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15, May 15
    fall application deadline
  • 32%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

A Top-Ranking Graduate School for Human Development and Family Studies

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers several graduate degrees for students interested in human development and family studies. Students may choose from a variety of programs including thesis or non-thesis master's degree options and graduate certificates. The programs - which are designed for full- or part-time students as well as professionals already working in related fields - combine classwork with opportunities for hands-on training.

Exciting State, Regional, and National Internships

For those individuals interested in a master's degree, UNH has partnered with organizations such as hospitals, youth services organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to provide students with opportunities to work with families and children throughout New Hampshire, New England, and the nation.

Current and past internship partner sites include Boston Children's Hospital; SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders); Maine Medical Center; New Hampshire Department of Public Health; United Way; Operation Military Kids; Seacoast Youth Services; Teen Institute; and Strafford County Victim/Witness Program.

Master's Programs with Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

Students enrolled in the Human Development and Family Studies Master of Science (M.S.) Program in the Core Areas of Adolescent Development or Child Development may choose between thesis or non-thesis options. The thesis option requires students to research, write, and defend a thesis on an original research topic. Thesis students complete 6-10 hours of thesis-related coursework.

The non-thesis option requires students to complete an additional 8 hours of approved electives and pass a comprehensive examination.

The Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Adolescent Development Core Area

The Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies in the Core Area of Adolescent Development places emphasis on the influences of family and community on adolescent development. The program focuses on the health and well-being of adolescents and promotes a developmental perspective to shape programs, policies, and interventions.

Students in this program must each complete 12 hours of core curriculum; 22 credits of elective coursework; and an internship in a program working with or for adolescents. Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.

The M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development Core Area

The Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies in the Core Area of Child Development provides students with a deep understanding of children from infancy through early school years. Students in the program closely examine the ways society, culture, and politics influence young children's social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development.

All students in the program are required to complete an internship in a child-focused setting. Students must complete 12 hours of core curriculum, 22 hours of relevant electives, and a thesis or comprehensive examination.

The M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at the University of New Hampshire prepares students to work in mental health, family service, medical, and human service settings. Clinical training emphasizes treating the individual, couple and family in relationship to the larger systems that influence them. In addition to completing core coursework and electives, students in the MFT degree program must complete 500 hours of supervised clinical practice.

MFT students are also required to complete a research paper and video presentation in order to graduate.

Graduate Certificate Program in Adolescent Development

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UNH offers a graduate certificate program in Adolescent Development. Students in the graduate certificate program complete 14 or 15 hours of coursework, including 2 core courses and a selection of approved, relevant electives. The graduate certificate can typically be completed in 1 year if students attend full-time.

Faculty Members with a Wide Variety of Research Interests

Faculty members in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies teach, engage in service, and conduct research on a wide variety of areas including child, adolescent and emerging adult development, parent-child relationships, family dynamics, contextual influences, family treatment for substance abuse problems, gender and culture issues, families with children with disabilities and grievous loss and the family.

Admissions Requirements for Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Programs

Students interested in applying to an M.S. or graduate certificate program in the UNH Department of Human Development and Family Studies should hold an undergraduate degree in a related field. All applicants must have completed an introductory statistics class (or equivalent course) before entering the Human Development and Family Studies graduate program.

Applicants must submit:

- An online application and fee

- A personal statement (Core Areas of Study and Certificate Program) OR the applicant's responses to five MFT-specific questions available on the department's web site (MFT Program)

- THREE letters of recommendation for the Core Areas of Study Programs and the MFT Program OR TWO letters of recommendation for the Certificate Program

- Transcripts from all colleges attended

GRE scores are not required.

Applications for the MFT program are due February 15th. Applications for the Core Areas of Study and Certificate Program are due December 1st for admission in the spring semester and May 15th for admission in the fall semester. Core Areas of Study and Certificate students who plan to attend full-time and wish to be considered for financial aid must apply to the appropriate program and indicate an interest in receiving financial assistance by February 15th.

A personal interview may be required for admission to the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Program. Interviews are typically held in person, but conference or Skype calls may be permitted under special circumstances.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Costs for the M.S. and graduate certificate programs at UNH include tuition, books and supplies, and administrative fees. Departmental financial aid in the form of tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships is available.


Location & Contact

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

College of Health and Human Services
University of New Hampshire

105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
United States

Corinna Jenkins Tucker

Graduate Program Coordinator

Phone: 603-862-2146

Matty Leighton

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 603-862-5021
Email: family.studies@unh.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Human Development and Family Studies Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Alternate accepted
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


Admissions

32% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 43
    • Accepted 20
    • Acceptance Rate 32
    • Enrolled 9
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 15th April 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$13,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$25,940
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,741.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTeaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students17
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students17
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Full-time Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian88%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty7
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%


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