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Oklahoma State University

Applied Human Services – Master of Science

This program is offered on both Stillwater and Tulsa campuses


Graduates of the HDFS M.S. option in Applied Human Services provide leadership in diverse human services careers. Graduates (a) demonstrate an ability to describe, discuss, and integrate theory, research, and application to address key issues related to individual and family risk and resilience; (b) establish a solid theoretical foundation in Human Development and Family Science, and (c) gain experiences and establish competence related to professional issues in human services. Students select a specialization area based on career goals and interests.

Degree Requirements

33 credit hours (final report plan)

Theoretical Foundations in Human Development and Family Science (6 credit hours)

  • HDFS 5213: Lifespan Development
  • HDFS 5513: Issues in Family Science

Topics in Human Development and Family Science (6 credit hours in HDFS to be selected from the following courses or approved by advisor)

  • HDFS 5153: Policy in HDFS
  • HDFS 5273: Parent Education
  • HDFS 5283: Developmental Disabilities
  • HDFS 5493: Aging and Families
  • HDFS 5563: Community and Family

Research Methods and Statistics (3 credit hours)

  • HDFS 5173: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Outside electives (3 credit hours; approved by advisor)

  • Students work with their advisor to choose at least one elective appropriate to their career goals. Students choosing to complete a thesis may select three hours of thesis as their elective.

Specialization Coursework (12 credit hours)

Specialization choices include: Infant Mental Health; Developmental Disabilities; Gerontology; Non-profit management

Infant Mental Health:

  • HDFS 5233: Infant Mental Health
  • HDFS 5243: Infant and Early Childhood Development and Attachment
  • HDFS 5343: Developmental Assessment and Interventions
  • HDFS 5193: Reflective Practice

Developmental Disabilities:

  • HDFS 5283: Developmental Disabilities
  • HDFS 5623: Systems Theory and Applications to the Family
  • HDFS 5653: Systemic Approaches to Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
  • HDFS 5193: Reflective Practice


Core requirements (6 hours):

  • HDFS 5423: Research Perspectives in Gerontology
  • HDFS 5433: Theories of Aging

Select two of the following three courses (6 hours)

  • HDFS 5413: Adult Development and Aging
  • HDFS 5483: Aging Networks Seminar
  • HDFS 5493: Aging and Families

Non-profit Management (graduate certificate offered from Spears School of Business):

  • MGMT 5093: Business and non-profit organizations
  • MGMT 5163: Fundraising for non-profits
  • 6 hours of electives from Business (MGMT 5031: Leading Organizational Change; MGMT 5051: Creating Ethical Work Places; MGMT 5061: Managing Confrontations; MGMT 5083: Business and Social Responsibility; MGMT 5533: Leadership Challenges; MGMT 5563: Crisis in Organizations; EEE 5403: Social Entrepreneurship)

Practicum and Creative Component (3 hours)

  • HDFS 5163: Creative Component in HDFS: Development and Application