Human Development and Family Studies, M.A. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The program prepares students for careers in academic life, primarily in psychology, sociology, or human development; ; in research programs of governmental agencies at various levels; and in a range of programs in community agencies and private enterprise. It does not prepare students to be clinical psychologists, school psychologists, or family life counselors.
Students develop an individual program of study and research in consultation with their Special Committee, which is chaired by a member of the members Field of Human Development but may include faculty members from other fields. All students are required to complete at least two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics and one semester of teaching. The field also requires that students complete a predoctoral research project or master's degree before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination.
All students are expected to acquire a basic background in the behavioral sciences and to master a broad base of knowledge of human development in the context of family and society. Both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degree programs require a research thesis or dissertation.
For the Ph.D. degree, two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics and some teaching experience are required. The field also requires that candidates complete a predoctoral research project before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination. The Ph.D. program ordinarily takes four years to complete.
There are a number of fully equipped laboratories directed by individual faculty members who are conducting observational and experimental studies of basic processes in development. Students may also become involved in research or demonstration projects in the Family Life Development Center (child maltreatment and families under stress) and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (adulthood and aging).
Phone: 607 255-3181
G77 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- aging and health
- ecology of human development
- family studies and the life course
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, May 1; Spring, Oct. 1
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- two recommendations
- GRE general test
Most successful applicants have an undergraduate major in psychology or sociology, but students of high ability may be admitted regardless of undergraduate background. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.
Learning Outcomes for the One-Year MA Program in Human Development
- Demonstrate readiness for PhD and other advanced studies by completing an empirical masters thesis
- Learn advanced research skills
- Demonstrate ethical and other professional skill development
Evaluation Plan for the One-Year MA Program in Human Development
- Track completion of empirical masters thesis within one year of matriculation (percent completing in a timely manner)
- Track completion of statistics and research methods courses (two courses are required)
- Track completion of human subjects and other responsible conduct of research training (100% completion of appropriate training)
- Phase in (over three years) a survey of placement within one year of graduation (percent in graduate school, professional school, or employment)