College of Human Development and Education North Dakota State University

College of Human Development and Education North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND
student ratio
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average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
13 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Programs of Study

The College of Human Development and Education at North Dakota State University educates and trains students who want to make a difference in others' lives. Its rigorous programs and innovative research focus on people and how they interact in educational, living, and work environments.

The college's fifteen master's and seven doctoral programs are provided through four departments:

- Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management

- School of Education

- Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences

- Human Development and Family Science

The college provides a student-focused, friendly community where students are actively involved in the learning process. As a result, they acquire the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of individuals within communities, families, and the workplace.

Online Master of Science (M.S.) program in Human Development and Family Science: The M.S. in Human Development and Family Science is a 36-credit, online program with three options: youth development, gerontology, and family financial planning.

The M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Youth Development program trains individuals to develop and implement programs and services that promote the positive development of adolescents. The M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Gerontology program provides in-depth knowledge of the social, physical, and mental changes associated with aging. The M.S. in Human Development and Family Science: Family Financial Planning program provides extensive knowledge of family and personal financial management and eligibility to take the CFP® Certification Examination.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Human Development and Family Science: The College of Human Development and Education also offers Ph.D. programs in developmental science and couple and family therapy.

The 60-credit Ph.D. in Developmental Science program focuses on human development across the lifespan. It integrates the biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional aspects of development and incorporates the cultural, familial, institutional, and social contexts in which development occurs.

The 81-credit Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy program focuses on feminist and social justice principles. This foundation prepares students for clinical, research, and supervisory work with diverse and marginalized populations and communities.

Graduate programs in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences: The Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences offers six graduate programs, including the M.S. in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences and the Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Nutrition.

M.S. programs in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences prepare students for advanced positions in exercise science, health promotion, nutrition/dietetics, physical activity, and physical education teaching and coaching. There are three options: the 31-credit exercise and nutrition option; the 30-credit, online leadership in physical education and sport option; and the 36-credit, online dietetics option.

The 60-credit Ph.D. program in Exercise Science and Nutrition prepares students for leadership positions in community settings, government agencies, professional agencies and organizations, and universities.


The College of Human Development and Education provides many resources and opportunities for students to engage in cutting-edge research, including state-of-the-art equipment, modern labs, and dedicated teachers.

Graduate students work closely with faculty members to investigate issues that impact human development, develop academic and grant-writing skills, and publish articles in periodicals. They coauthored more than twenty refereed journal articles and fifteen additional articles during the 2013-14 academic year.

Faculty members are dedicated to conducting research that improves people's lives and strengthens communities. Their accomplishments during the 2013-14 academic year include the following:

- Twenty-eight faculty members (47 percent) received external research funding.

- Forty tenured/tenure-track faculty members (68 percent) published refereed journal articles.

- Faculty members published 76 refereed journal articles (the highest total in the college's history).

- Faculty members made 23 presentations at international conferences in countries like Australia, Canada, Turkey, the United States, and other locations.

Financial Aid

Graduate students in the College of Human Development and Education may qualify for the following financial assistance programs: graduate assistantships (teaching or research), scholar-ships (from the University and private funders), grants, fellowships, loans (through federal programs or private lenders), military and veteran assistance, and employer tuition reimbursement programs.

Applicants should consult with their academic departments and the Office of Student Financial Services to learn about their financial aid options.

Cost of Study

The most current information on tuition and fees can be found online at

Living and Housing Costs

Information about on-campus housing for graduate students can be found at https:// While there is no specific residence hall for graduate students, they are able to live in the University apartments. There are also numerous housing options in the Fargo community.

The Faculty

Faculty members like James Deal, Ph.D. are accomplished teachers, scholars, and leaders. They bring cutting-edge research to their classrooms, serve on editorial boards of scholarly journals, and serve as officers of professional organizations, among other endeavors.

Professor Deal joined the Department of Human Development and Family Science in 1993. He has received several grants and published numerous articles in his areas of interest: whole family function, quantitative research methods, and personality development in children.

Student Life

Graduate students at North Dakota State University join a warm and opportunity-rich community where they can achieve their educational, personal, research, and social goals. Academic, wellness, and support resources include the following:

- Counseling Center

- Graduate Center for Writers

- Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services

- Office of Multicultural Programs

- Wallman Wellness Center

Additional amenities include banking services, childcare, on-campus housing, graphic services, and meeting rooms. Social resources include affinity groups, recreational programs, arts and culture, and student organizations.


North Dakota State University is located on the eastern edge of North Dakota in Fargo, the state's largest community. With its sister city, Moorhead, Minnesota, directly across the Red River, Fargo is one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle and offers a family-friendly environment with excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and a low crime rate; an active arts and cultural scene, including a symphony, civic opera company, art museums, and community theater; and many places to shop and eat, including numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and a newly refurbished downtown district.

The University

Established in 1890, North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research institution known nationally and internationally for excellence in education and research. Its vibrant campus community includes more than 14,700 students (approximately 2,200 of whom are graduate students), more than 1,000 faculty members and educators, and approximately 4,000 staff members. It offers students 100 undergraduate majors, 84 master's programs, and 51 doctoral programs.

According to the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, North Dakota State University ranks among the top 108 universities in the country. The National Science Foundation also ranked a number of its programs among the top 100.

Location & Contact

College of Human Development and Education

North Dakota State University

1340 North University Avenue
Fargo, ND 58108
United States

Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald

Interim Dean

Phone: 701-231-8211
Fax: 701-231-7174

Elizabeth Worth

Marketing, Recruitment, and Public Relations Coordinator

Phone: 701-231-8476
Fax: 701-231-6524

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Certificate
      Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Athletic Training (MAT)
      Master of Education (M Ed)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Specialist in Education (Ed S)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 73
    • Doctoral Degrees 14
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 3
    • * 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? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


70% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 147
    • Accepted 104
    • Acceptance Rate 70
    • Enrolled 90
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $35
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students374
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students374
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Full-time Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian70%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown23%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty59
    • Full-time Percentage95%
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMarriage and family therapy, educational leadership, teacher education, counselor education, educational administration
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported