Human Development and Family Studies


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Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Adolecent/youth development; adult development and aging; family studies and policy; family economic well-being and financial planning; heath and well-being; infant and child development; lifespan development

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. Obtain broad understanding of the scholarly literature in Human Development and Family Studies and a comprehensive understanding of the scholarly literature in area of expertise.
  2. Form testable hypotheses/anticipated hypothesized relationships and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of study.
  3. Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition analysis, and reporting of data.
  4. Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  5. Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally, in writing and with appropriate use of images (e.g., tables, figures) and media.
  6. Articulate how the graduate program, including coursework and creative scholarship facilitates meets life and career goals.
  7. Conduct scholarship, in teams and independently, that consistently demonstrates ethical practice and professionalism.
  8. Participate in professional, university and/or community related service.
  9. Demonstrate effectiveness in teaching university courses (doctoral students).

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Alex Rogers
Phone: 515-294-9438
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ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline: December 1, 2021 – Applicants whose materials are received by this date will be given priority review for assistantship appointments and scholarships. Final Deadline: January 3, 2022 – The final day to submit application materials for consideration.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Copy of your CV/Resume is needed by department. Please upload within your online application.
NOTE: HDFS applicants are not required to complete the Statement of Purpose on the Admission's application; instead, we require applicants answer the 8 questions on the HDFS Supplemental departmental form (below)
Department Supplemental Form

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53
Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application