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					   Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies
   Central Michigan University 	                                                      			       	          	           				www.grad.cmich.edu
Welcome
The Master of Arts program is designed to provide new and
experienced professionals with a conceptual background in human
development and family studies, and practical skills for working with
families and individuals in diverse human service settings.
The major objective of the program is to expand students’ knowledge
of the process of individual and family development and improve
techniques and strategies for enhancing individual and family
functioning.
Basic to the philosophy of this program is the assumption that
individual development is best understood within the context of the
family and its surrounding environments.*

*This program does not meet requirements for licensing counselors or psychologists.


Degree Requirements
                                                                                       Students within CMU’s M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies program
Required Core Courses (21 credit hours)                                                earn valuable experience with faculty mentors and family participants.
HEV 600 (3) Human Development and Family Studies
             Foundation: Foundation concepts and principles
             involved in theory, research, and practice with
             individuals and families across the lifespan.
HEV 603 (3) Human Diversity Within and Between Families:
             Diverse backgrounds of families/individuals based                        Admission Requirements
             on ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class, and                   Admission to the Master of Arts in Human Development and Family
             disabilities will be studied. Models to explore the                      Studies requires:
             diverse nature will be applied.
                                                                                        • A grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours
HEV 609 (3) Human Development Theory and Current Issues:                                  of undergraduate course work;
              Introduction to key theories of human development.
             Current issues in the life-span development relevant for                   • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 15
             understanding the application of these theories will be                      semester hours in human development and family studies, or a
             explored.                                                                    related area;
HEV 615 (3) Theoretical Approaches to Family Processes. This                            • Successful completion (a grade of C or better) of an undergraduate
             course focuses on the theories and conceptual                                statistics or research methods course is strongly recommended;
             frameworks for studying contemporary issues in family                      • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional.
             interactions over the lifespan.                                              Applicants who do not meet the minimum G.P.A. requirement for
HEV 786 (3) Occupational Field Experience: Internship in one                              admission may submit GRE test results. The GRE scores will be
             human development and family related occupation with                         used as a supplementary screening device to determine potential
             supervision by individual faculty.                                           for graduate school success;
One graduate course in Research Methods (3)                                             • Three letters of recommendation, including two from faculty. If it
                                                                                          is not possible to obtain faculty references, references should be
One graduate course in Statistics (3)                                                     from professionals who can address your capacity to succeed as
Electives (9 credit hours)                                                                a graduate student;
Electives to be chosen in consultation with an adviser.                                • A 2-4 page, typed, double-spaced essay that:
Additional Requirements                                                                     1. Describes how your previous experiences and training have
Plan A: Thesis-HEV 798 (6 credit hours) and an oral examination on                             prepared and led you to pursue a degree in HDFS.
materials on the thesis topic.                                                              2. Identifies likely professional goals and how HDFS graduate
Plan B: Non-thesis – Electives (6 credit hours) to be selected in                              training can help you accomplish these goals. This essay will
consultation with adviser. A written and an oral examination on                                serve as a substitute for the written statement requested as a
material in the field of specialization, and two major papers acceptable                       part of the application to the College of Graduate Studies.
to the student’s Graduate Program Committee.
Total: 36 credit hours


  College of Graduate Studies                                                                                                                 www.grad.cmich.edu
    Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies
	 Central Michigan University	 	                                                                                	            	           	           				www.grad.cmich.edu

Program Faculty
Jeffrey Angera, Ph.D.
Marriage education; fatherhood; marriage and family therapy; empathy.
Deborah Bailey, Ph.D.
Family life education; program development; transformative learning.

Phame Camarena, Ph.D.
Self development; adolescent adjustment; college transitions for
special populations.
Cheryl Geisthardt, Ph.D.
Family violence; social and emotional development; at-risk populations.
Ivy N. Goduka, Ph.D.
Human development; diversity; indigenous issues.                                                                    Warriner Hall resides at the center of Central Michigan University. CMU ‘s 480-
                                                                                                                    acre campus is accommodating, friendly, and conveniently located in the heart
Megan Goodwin, Ph.D.                                                                                                of a classic American university town.
Early childhood education and care; child development theory; early
childhood teacher training.
                                                                                                               CMU’s College of Graduate Studies
Helen E. Hagens, Ph.D.
Early childhood education; curriculum; diversity; child guidance and                                           The CMU College of Graduate Studies currently provides master’s,
clinical education.                                                                                            specialist’s, and doctoral degree programs in more than 60 fields.

Phyllis A. Heath, Ph.D.                                                                                        The college’s on-campus graduate programs serve nearly 2,000
Graduate Program Coordinator. Parent-child relations; adolescent                                               students, many of whom are working professionals who commute to
depression; parenting patterns of indigenous people.                                                           evening and weekend classes.
Christopher Latty, Ph.D.
Parent-child interactions, couple relationships; marital and family                                            Apply Online
therapy; therapeautic change; adolescent decision making.                                                      www.grad.cmich.edu
Edgar Long, Ph.D.
Empathy; marriage; measurement development; marriage
enhancement programs; marital therapy; fatherhood.
                                                                                                               For More Information
                                                                                                               Graduate assistantships, fellowships, and other funding options may
Eileen E. MaloneBeach, Ph.D.                                                                                   be available. For information on financial assistance, or for additional
Family caregiving; depression; late life policy issues; rural service                                          information on the graduate program, contact:
delivery.
                                                                                                               Candace Maylee, Assistant Coordinator
Cheryl Priest, Ed.D.                                                                                           Human Development & Family Studies Graduate Program
Early childhood; character development; service learning; and program                                          Wightman Hall 205
management.                                                                                                    Central Michigan University
                                                                                                               Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Tara Saathoff-Wells, Ph.D.
Work/family interface; expatriate; dual families; theory development;                                          Telephone: (989) 774-2613
research methodology.
                                                                                                               E-mail: Mayle1ce@cmich.edu
Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Ph.D.                                                                               http://www.cmich.edu/hdfs
Close relationships; family diversity; identity development; social
support; family theory; research methodology.

Pamela Sarigiani, Ph.D.
Child development (infancy through adolescence); parent-child
relations; children’s stress and coping.


              CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity
              within its community (see www.cmich.edu/aaeo).




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