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 Field of Human Development but may include faculty members from other fields. Students may be required to complete two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics.
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. The M.A. degree program requires a research thesis.
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).
Contact InformationWebsite: https://psychology.cornell.edu/graduate-admission-and-requirements---human-development-
Phone: 607 255-4661
G201B 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
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- two recommendations
- GRE general test (optional)
Most successful applicants have an undergraduate major in a social science field, but students of high ability may be admitted regardless of undergraduate background.
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