The Master of Science in Family and Human Development is a 30-credit online degree program offered through the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree

As a student in this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to promote healthy individual and family development. You will develop an understanding of the factors that promote successful relationships and positive outcomes for individuals, families, and communities across the life-span.

This program is designed for students who want an applied practitioner-oriented approach to develop an advanced understanding of the issues and needs of children, youth, and families in the 21st century. Experienced faculty who are trained in the area and have considerable expertise in delivering high-quality online education teach the courses and help direct students’ capstone projects.

The MS in Family and Human Development is a non-thesis degree program that focuses on practical application. It does not require a GRE for admission and can be completed in as little as 15-18 months, enabling students to enter the job market sooner. Graduates often pursue careers working with children, youth, and adults in human, social and government agencies.

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Science in Family and Human Development have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career settings include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

  • law enforcement
  • family support and child care
  • education support and administration
  • paraeducator


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00= "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  4. Personal statement of goals relevant to the master's degree program
  5. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic backgrounds
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The personal statement must be four to five pages, double-spaced, and must address the applicant's professional goals, the applicant's strengths that will enable the applicant to succeed in the program, and relevant professional experience or responsibilities to the program.

Letters of recommendation must be from at least two academic or professional sources. Family members or friends do not meet this criterion. Applicants should see the program website for full application deadlines and admission terms and details.

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