Master of Arts in Human Development

Our 30-hour residential Master of Arts (MA) degree in Human Development offers a holistic approach to understanding human behavior and interactions, offering students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of themselves and others. Students will learn about human development across the lifespan, including how individuals are influenced physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially, and morally.

This degree would be advantageous for our students who wish to work in the helping profession or who hold positions that require the utilization of interpersonal skills. This program will assist in the preparation for employment in human resources, community support programs, non-profit agencies serving children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, as well as a variety of additional settings ranging from coaching to criminal justice. Students also have the option of choosing to switch to the 60-hour Master of Education (MEd) degree in Counseling and Human Development to pursue a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Contact Us

Robert Brown-Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development

Dr. Scott Brown

Program Director Counseling & Human Development and Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development

Request Information

Loading...

Degrees

  • Master of Arts, Human Development (M.A.)

Why Earn a M.A. in Human Development at HSU?

Photo of a student speaking to an HSU counselor

30 Course Hours

Students in the M.A. in Human Development program can complete a Master's degree in one year.

Master of Arts in Human Development Student Smiling

Work & Go to School

All courses in the program are offered Monday through Thursday at 4 p.m. or later, which allows students who are already in the professional world to still work during the day and attend classes in the evening.

English professor conducting a lecture to a classroom full of students

No Wait

Student are able to begin classes any semester throughout the year. Apply to the M.A. in Human Development program today!

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Arts in Human Development can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Comprehensive Exam

All students must take a comprehensive examination during the last semester of graduate work. This exam is administered and content determined by a comprehensive exam committee appointed by the program director and approved by the dean of graduate studies.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the 30 graduate semester hour academic, practicum and internship requirements, followed by the successful completion of the comprehensive examination, fulfills the graduation requirements for the Master of Education degree in Counseling and Human Development. Successful completion of the 30 graduate semester hour program, followed by successful completion of a comprehensive exam fulfills the graduation requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Human Development.

Graduates of our MA in Human Development are prepared:

  • To work in the helping profession and in positions that require good interpersonal skills
  • For employment in human resources, community support programs, non-profit agencies serving children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, as well as coaching, criminal justice, and other professions
  • To advance to the Master of Education degree in Counseling and Human Development