Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies

  • Completed Graduate School Application
  • A $45 nonrefundable application fee payable via the online application.
  • An official transcript from each college or university (except Kent State University) in which 9 semester hours or more were earned. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. (Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.) In cases where graduate courses have been completed, a 3.0 for graduate work is required. A Bachelor's degree in a related undergraduate program is preferred; undergraduate coursework in social sciences is required.
  • Three letters of reference from individuals (preferably academic) who can attest to the applicant's potential for success in graduate school. Please use The Letter of Recommendation Form available for download in the Forms Library on the Graduate Studies site.
  • A written statement in response to the following questions:
    • Describe the process by which you became interested in pursuing a Masters degree in HDFS. Include educational (i.e., meaningful courses, projects and readings), professional (i.e., relevant work and/or volunteer experience), and personal experiences that contributed. What are your professional goals and how will a Masters degree in HDFS prepare you for accomplishing those goals?
    • To earn a M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, you will be required to complete a Masters thesis or an applied Masters project. Please describe some potential topics of interest to you at this time and which Human Development and Family Studies graduate faculty members’ research areas seem to match your interests.
  • Students for whom English is a second language are required to have a TOEFL score of 570 (Paper-based) or 80 with no subscore below 20 (Internet-based).