Family and Human Development: Online Master of Science (MS) Degree

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for entry Fall, Spring, or Summer sessions. See the Admissions page for specific session application deadlines.

Graduate Online Information Sessions

If you would like to learn more about the Graduate Online Master’s Programs, please attend one of our online information sessions. You will learn about the application process, programs of study, and have a short Q&A with our Graduate Programs Coordinator, Gina Perez.

  • September 14, 2015 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm*
  • October 14, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm*
  • November 19, 2015 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm*
  • January 14, 2016 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm*
  • March 21, 2016 from 11am – 12pm*

*Arizona time zone

Get more details and RSVP today!

Forging New Expertise for Today’s Children, Youth, and Families in a Complex World

One important role of adults interested in working with children, youth, and families is helping them succeed in their relationships and helping them achieve positive outcomes working and living within their communities. Understanding these relationship and developmental dynamics, how to effectively evaluate and consume research, and how to translate research into best practices to assist them is an important and exciting field and career.

The T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University now offers an expedited 30-credit hour online Master of Science degree in Family and Human Development that prepares social and behavioral sciences professionals to work with children, youth, adults and families in community settings. In as little as 15-18 months, students can obtain their Master's degree.

This non-thesis degree program focuses on practical application. Students in this degree program will gain the knowledge and skills to create, facilitate, and evaluate research and programs that promote healthy individual and family development.

The program is designed for students who want an applied practitioner-oriented approach to develop an advanced understanding of the issues and needs of children, youth, and families in the 21st century. Experienced faculty who are trained in the area and have considerable expertise in delivering high-quality online education teach the courses and help direct your capstone project.

You can enroll any time over the course of the year and no GREs are required for admission.


Please learn more about us by following the links on the left.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Bethany Van Vleet, Director of the Online Master’s Programs, at


Why pursue graduate training in Family and Human Development at ASU?

  • Our graduate training is internationally renowned. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ASU is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide, and ASU's Social Science Programs are ranked in the top 30 (
  • Our online, non-thesis degree program is flexible and accessible to working professionals. The online format provides easy access to rigorous and valuable information that inform best practices in improving the lives of families and family members.
  • Our program is tailored to individual interests and differences.  The program’s non-thesis culminating experience is customizable to fit individual students’ personal, professional, and academic needs and interests, resulting in a deeper understanding of family and human development as well as a professional portfolio.

Our program provides an excellent balance between academic and applied studies.  Students in this degree program will gain the knowledge and skills to create, facilitate, and evaluate research and programs that promote healthy individual and family development.