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Human Development and Family Sciences

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Christine Gray
FCS Building, Room 113

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
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The health development and family sciences program offers a flexible model of graduate training that allows students to develop individualized degree plans catered to career goals, provides opportunities to conduct research, supports cross-disciplinary education and emphasizes mentorship and professional opportunities to support students’ development and career placement.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. Child Life Specialist 37 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. Child Life Specialist 37 Thesis No minor
M.S. Program Administration and Evaluation 37 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. Program Administration and Evaluation 37 Thesis No minor
M.S. Research in Family and Human Development 37 Thesis No minor

Online Availability
Part of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority December 1 December 1
Fall - Standard February 15 February 15
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work

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GRE Scores*

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

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*GRE scores not required for fall 2021 applicants.


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (approximately 500 words)
  • three letters of recommendation

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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