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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Development and Family Sciences - Human Services/Human Services Leadership 4+1 (BS/MS)

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Requirements for the Degree

The MS program in Human Development and Family Sciences focuses on the relationship of the family and its members to other systems across the life span. The minimum total credits for the MS in Human Development and Family Sciences is 30. Requirements are listed below.

  • HDFS 601 - Theories of Human Development (3cr.)
  • HDFS 615 - Research Methods (3cr.)
  • HDFS 621 - Family Studies I: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives (3cr.)
  • HDFS 637 - Program Planning, Assessment and Evaluation (3cr.)
  • HDFS 869 - Master’s Thesis (1 to 6cr.)
  • EDUC 665 - Elementary Statistics (3cr.)
  • 600/800 Level - Statistics course 3 credits
  • HDFS 600/800 - Elective 3 credits
  • 600/800 Level - Interest Electives 6 credits **


** Courses must be focused on the delivery of services to individuals and disabilities or in risk situations and/or their families. These services can include residential, employment, health and medical, transportation, family support or other specific services.

Total: 30-36 credits

COMBINED 4+1 BS in Human Services/MS in Human Services Leadership

The four-year curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Human Services contains required graduate courses that prepare the student for the Master in Science curriculum. With this 4+1 plan and the proper scheduling of MS classes, students may enter immediately into the MS program full-time with the possibility of completion within one year.

UD Human Services (BS) undergraduate majors who are provisionally granted admission to the 4+1 MS HDFS program/Human Services Concentration and subsequently admitted to the MS HDFS program can waive the requirement to take a) HDFS 470  or HDFS 475  by completing HDFS 601, b) HDFS 422  by completing HDFS 621, and c) HDFS 449  (3 credits) by taking HDFS 669 (3 credits). For any undergraduate course requirement to be waived, the student needs to earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the corresponding HDFS graduate course. In addition, students who are provisionally approved can take up to three additional 3-credit graduate courses, while an undergraduate student, toward the 33 credit MS requirement. Refer to www.hdfs.udel.edufor information about application procedures for provisional admission.

Master’s Program Timelines:

  1. Completion of required course work. Including interest electives are chosen by the student in consultation with the student’s advisor and committee.
  2. A written proposal for the thesis is defended before the student’s committee. The committee consists of a student’s advisor and two members of the HDFS faculty. In addition, the student may choose a committee member from outside the department.
  3. Defense: A presentation and oral defense is required for all the thesis.

Last Revised 2018-2019 Academic Year

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