Graduate Programs in Family and Human Development

Graduate programs in family and human development build upon undergraduate programs in the same field, or upon undergraduate programs in psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, communications, education and many other specialties. These programs focus on human development throughout every stage of life, human relationships – particularly those in which children are nurtured or those which involve intimacy issues – marriage, and resources available to help families thrive.  Courses and experiential learning occur in both normal development and in abnormal behavior and addictive behaviors, including excessive risk-taking. Spousal abuse, as well as childhood abuse and neglect are examined.

Master’s level degrees afford the opportunity to focus and gain deeper insight into a specialty within the field of family and human development. These programs also frequently provide the additional training necessary in order to earn counseling or therapy credentials. Degree options might include any of the following programs:

  • M.S. in Family and Human Development
  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology/ Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master’s degree provides preparation for such careers as labor relations manager, special education teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, addiction counselors, marriage and family therapists, marriage and family counselors, early childhood counselors, or gerontology and cognition counselors.

At the Ph.D. degree level, students focus more narrowly on a specialty area. The degree is generally viewed as preparation for teaching, research or counseling or therapy practice. Areas of specialization might include:

  • Addictions counseling and therapy
  • Gender issues
  • Family violence
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Blended families
  • Parenting
  • Life-stage issues and counseling
  • Gerontology
  • Occupation therapy

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