Psychology BS/Human Development and Family Science MS

Psychology students who obtain an M.S. in Human Development and Family Science will have studied human development across the lifespan, from infancy to old age, using an interdisciplinary perspective. This degree option will provide students with a career path and preparation for careers in parenting, couples, and relationships education, direct service, extension, and community-based programs.

Admission to Program

Students will apply to the Double Dawgs pathway during the fall of year three. Applications must be submitted by October 31 to the department of Human Development and Family Science (see link for HDFS application: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/double-dawgs-apply) in addition to the pathway application found on the main Double Dawgs site for this program (see Apply to Pathway button). Students will be required to provide a statement of interest, transcript demonstrating achievement in their coursework, including a 3.0 Overall GPA, a 3.3 Major GPA, and evidence of experiential learning opportunities through a resume or experiential learning transcript. Students will be required to have completed, or be in the process of completing 60 course credit hours.

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Beginning in spring of Year 3, Psychology majors admitted to the Double Dawgs pathway may choose up to 12 hours from any of the following graduate-level courses (6000-7000 level) that will satisfy both Bachelor's and Master's requirements, as well as General Electives. HDFS 4810/6810 Hospitalized Child HDFS 4130/6130 Family Policy (Spring only) HDFS (FHCE) 4500/6500 Aging and the Family HDFS 4860/6860 Parenting and Child Guidance HDFS 4870/6870 Human Sexuality HDFS 4880/6880 Family Life Education Methodology (Fall only) HDFS 5130/7130 Therapeutic Activities (Spring only) HDFS (ESSE) 5150/7150 Families, Schools, and Communities

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

After acceptance into the graduate program, students will complete the following graduate courses: HDFS 6100 Theories and Issues in Human Development HDFS 6640 Issues in Family Relationships HDFS 6800 Research Methods HDFS 7170 Introduction to Applied Statistics in Human Development and Family Science HDFS 7300 Master's Thesis ***3 Graduate Electives ***Students may choose to take three (9 credit hours) of the following courses dependent on their area of interest Health promotion Track: HDFS 7150 Families, Schools, and Communities HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health EPID 7010 Intro to Epidemiology I HPRB 7920 Theories of Health Behavior (POD) HPRB 7470 Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education (must have taken HPRB 7010 OR 7050) Organizational Development, Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurship Track PADP 6950 Economic Foundations of Policy Analysis PADP 6960 Public Management PADP 6920 Public Personnel Administration PADP 6930 Public Financial Administration PADP 7220 Nonprofit Governance and Management PADP 7900 Managing Volunteers in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors PADP 7930 Human Services Administration PADP 8640 Program Evaluation PSYC 6200 Advanced Social Psychology Life Course and Gerontology Track HDFS 4500/6500 Aging and the Family HDFS 5500/7500 Aging and Social Inequalities GRNT 6000 Perspectives in Aging GRNT 6650E Aging in Society GRNT 6750E Mental Health and Aging FHCE 7310 Managing Nonprofit and Special Community Housing SOWK 6142 Social Work with Older PSYC (GRNT) 4700/6700 Psychology of Aging Adults PSYC 6220 Developmental Psychology PSYC 6240 Advanced Psychopathology: Adults

Admission to Graduate Program

Students will apply to the graduate program in the fall of year four. Applications must be submitted by December 1 to the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Students will also need to apply to the Graduate School. Students will be required to provide a statement of purpose, 3 letters of recommendation and a resume. Students will be required to provide a transcript demonstrating achievement in their coursework, including a 3.3 Overall GPA. The GRE will be waived for students who receive a ‘B’ or higher in the HDFS courses selected to fulfill the 12 credits towards the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students will be required to have completed, or be in the process of completing 90 course credit hours

Program Advisor

  • Name: Ted Futris
  • Email: tfutris@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-7566
  • Address: 227 Hoke Smith Annex

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Psychology B.S.
  • Department/College: Psychology

Advising Contact

  • Name: Trina Cyterski
  • Email: cyterski@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-7852
  • Address: 236 Psychology Building

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Human Development and Family Science M.S.
  • Department/College: Human Development and Family Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Ted Futris
  • Email: tfutris@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-7566
  • Address: 227 Hoke Smith Annex