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The MS in Family and Human Development is a non-thesis degree program that focuses on the practical application of research. It does not require a GRE for admission and can be completed in as little as 15-18 months, enabling students to enter the job market sooner. Students in this program gain knowledge and skills necessary to promote healthy individual and family development as they study the factors that promote successful relationships and positive outcomes for individuals, families, and communities across the life-span. Graduates often pursue careers working with children, youth, and adults in human, social and government agencies.
This 30 credit-hour terminal master's degree prepares students to help individuals and families succeed in their relationships and achieve positive outcomes working and living within their communities. An applied practitioner-oriented approach teaches students to evaluate and consume research and translate research into best practices. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who are trained in the area and have considerable expertise in delivering high-quality online education.
The Sanford School application process is completed online through ASU Graduate Education. Prospective students must submit the admission application form along with the fee and official transcripts. For the department's master's programs, students must submit supplemental application materials.
Applications are accepted for entry Fall, Spring, or Summer. In order to be considered for a semester, all application materials must be received by the applicable deadline listed below. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed.
|Apply by:||To start the program in the:|
|July 30||Fall A session (begins mid-August)|
|December 15||Spring A session (begins mid-January)|
|May 1||Summer session (begins mid-May)|
See the Academic Calendar (https://students.asu.edu/academic-calendar) for specific session start dates.
"I would highly recommend this program to my colleagues. The online format was convenient and the superior education and staff made this a top choice for any professional seeking higher education. The exceptional professors, dynamic courses, and this top university have validated my choice."
-Lucia Galante Johnson
The Online Master's in Family and Human Development requires a total of 30 credit hours. Each course in the Family and Human Development MS program is designed and taught by experienced faculty who are trained in the area and have considerable expertise in delivering high-quality online education. Fall and Spring courses are 7.5 weeks long and summer courses are 6 weeks long.
A minimum of 30 hours is required.
|Requirements and Electives||Hours|
Learn more about the courses you must take within the Sanford School to complete the master's degree, including when those courses are offered. Note that most courses are offered just one time per year, making it important for students to carefully follow an approved course plan and work closely with the program's academic advisor.
FAS 500 Research Methods (Fall B)
The Online Master's degree in FHD includes three capstone courses that must be taken in sequence, ending with a non-thesis, applied culminating experience. Each part of the Capstone experience allows for some customization to fit individual students' professional and academic needs and interests. Ultimately, this culminating experience will provide students with a deeper understanding of family and human development, as well as professional competencies and insights.
The capstone experience consists of the following parts: