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M.S. in Human Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Emphasis Stephen F. Austin State University


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The child and family development emphasis provide an in-depth understanding of the growth, change and development of children and families in a social context. Current information emphasizing a lifespan and family systems approach is taught. This knowledge base is essential for careers related to organizations or agencies that provide services to family and children.

Students pursuing the MSHS with a child and family development emphasis will complete the 18-hour MSHS core, which consists of:

HMS 500: Philosophy of Human Sciences

HMS 501: Service Management in the Human Sciences

HMS 502: Employee Development Issues in Human Sciences

HMS 540: Consumer Problems

SOC 550: Social Statistics

SOC 551: Sociological Inquiry

Courses required of students pursuing the MSHS with a human development and family studies (HDFS) emphasis include:

HMS 551: Child Development and Parenting

HMS 552: Family Studies

HMS 586: Adult Development and Aging

Students will choose a final three or nine hours (depending on whether or not they are pursuing a thesis) in consultation with their advisor, based on the students' needs and interests.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study M.S. in Human Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Emphasis.

Online/Distance (30-36 hours)

Tuition fees

$14,562.00 (10,67,176) per year


15 Jan, 24 Aug


Stephen F. Austin State University

1936 North Street,



75962, United States

Entry requirement for international students

To apply for a master’s degree program at SFA, you must meet one of the following requirements:

Be in your final year of undergraduate work;

Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; or

Have 95 or more semester hours of undergraduate work at SFA and be approved as an Overlap Student (an undergraduate pursuing graduate and undergraduate studies at the same time).

Generally, all applicants must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Minimum GPA requirements vary depending on your academic major.

You must score at least a 79 on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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