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Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, emphasis on Gerontology

Texas Tech University's online Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies is made possible through a consortium of universities called the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Several universities have come together to offer online post-baccalaureate programs to students whose families or careers have prevented them from completing a degree on campus. The consortium agreement allows students to take courses offered by multiple institutions for a standard tuition in order to complete a program.

Program Overview

  • 36 credit hours
  • Although students can take courses from multiple institutions, the degree granting institution is responsible for placing students for practicum and internship credits.
  • Coursework is completed online.
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time student status.
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Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
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Gerontology Graduate Certificate

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Leslie McClure
  • Phone: 806.742.3031

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment. Applications for this program are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
      • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
      • Students planning to pursue a master's degree must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
      • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Contact the Graduate Advisor to determine additional application materials that may be required by the department.
  3. Review the Tuition and Fees Guidelines.
    • A common tuition rate is set by the Great Plains IDEA Board of Directors. All courses have a common price of $415 per credit hour. In-state and out-of-state tuition rates do not apply.
  4. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  5. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Courses are offered online through multiple institutions. Students will work with their graduate advisor to determine a personalized program of study. The following is a general outline of required coursework.

The required courses offered within the program include the following eight 3-credit courses that comprise the core of the curriculum.

Core Courses
  • Perspectives in Gerontology*
  • Adult Development*
  • Physical Health and Nutrition in Aging*
  • Economics, Public Policy, and Aging
  • Environments and Aging (design for environments for physically and mentally challenged populations)
  • Aging in the Family
  • Program Evaluation and Research Methods*
  • Professional Seminar in Gerontology*
Elective Courses
  • Electives (as needed or desired)

* Required core courses for a certificate in gerontology.