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Oklahoma State University

Developmental and Family Sciences – Master of Science

This program is offered on both Stillwater and Tulsa campuses.


Graduates of the M.S. specialization in Developmental and Family Sciences demonstrate an ability to describe, discuss, and integrate theory, research, and application to address key issues related to individual and family risk and resilience. In consultation with their major advisors and advisory committees, students identify courses and experiences that focus on preparing for research related careers and/or doctoral study. Students in the DFS program seek research careers and pursue Ph.D. degrees.

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours (thesis required)

Theoretical and Research 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, 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 (12 credit hours)

6 hours from:

  • HDFS 5173: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • HDFS 5133: Research Methods and Design in HDFS

6 additional hours to be selected from the following courses and approved by advisor:

  • STAT 5013: Statistics for Experimenters I
  • STAT 5063: Multivariate Methods


  • PSYC 5304: Quantitative Methods in Psychology I
  • PSYC 5314: Quantitative Methods in Psychology II

Thesis (6 credit hours)

  • HDFS 5000: Thesis