Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Studies

Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies

Students in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) master's program take two theories courses (Theories of Human Development and Family Theories), research methods, introduction to statistics, and a colloquium in HDFS. All students are required to complete a research-based thesis and at least 6 hours of thesis research. Beyond these requirements, about half of the hours in the program (17 of 34) are electives, so students may tailor the program to their own needs and interests.

Admissions

Admission Deadline:

December 1

Prospective Student Visit:

February 21-23, 2018

How to Apply

Admission to the TTU Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Graduate Program is a 3 step process.

Part 1

Online Application

  • Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School: Online application
  • Pay the application fee
Scholarships:

For information about scholarships from the TTU Graduate School, please go to: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/financial/GeneralFellowships.php

By submitting the Graduate School Fellowship Application, your application will also be considered for graduate scholarships and fellowships from the College of Human Sciences and the HDFS Department.

It is very important that you apply to the TTU Graduate School and apply for fellowships/scholarships at the Graduate School link before December 1, 2017 if you want to be admitted for Fall (August) 2018.

Part 2

Departmental Application and Required Documents

1. Complete HDFS Departmental Application

2. E-mail Required Documents to Department

Send to Sandra Vasquez, sandra.c.vasquez@ttu.edu:

  • Your Resume
    • LiveCareer has a free resource to help you build a resume here.
  • Your Transcripts
    • You will need to submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (can be scanned/unofficial copies)
  • Your TOEFL scores
    • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY, can be scanned/unofficial copies

Please email Sandra Vasquez, sandra.c.vasquez@ttu.edu, all of the above and have the people who are sending your letters of recommendation send them directly to sandra.c.vasquez@ttu.edu from their own university email accounts.

Part 3

Submit documents to the Graduate School

Applicant File Upload Portal

The Applicant File Upload Portal may only be accessed once. Please make sure you have prepared ALL required documents before continuing.

Within 24 hours of submitting your Apply Texas application you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to activate your eRaider account. You must have activated the eRaider account to upload documents to the Graduate School.

Uploading your documents may take up to 1 hour and you will be able to access the system only once. Please make sure you have completed and compiled all of the requested information before starting this step.

All documents must be PDF files which are no larger than 2MB each.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement of Professional Goals
  • Passport Bio Page (International Students)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (International Students)
  • Proof of Financial Support (International Students)
  • ALL Unofficial Copies of Degrees
  • ALL Unofficial Copies of College/University Transcript
  • Email addresses for 3 persons who will submit recommendations

1. Go to the Applicant File Upload Portal

2. Create a profile and confirm which term and program you are applying to.

3. In tab 1:

  • Upload your Resume/CV and Professional Statement of Professional Goals. Please submit the document only once.

4. In tab 2:

  • International students will submit their passport bio page and proof of financial support.
  • All applicants will upload (unofficial) copies or scans of their degree certificates.

5. In tab 3:

  • Upload unofficial copies of College and University transcripts.

6. In tab 4:

  • Provide the official e-mail address of up to three (3) persons willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Each recommender will receive an email from the system with a fillable two-page PDF recommendation form and a dedicated link for its submission.

7. In tab 5:

  • Upload GRE score report, and where appropriate, proof of English proficiency for International Applicants, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

8. Click "Finish" to submit your materials.

Once your documents have been submitted in the Applicant File Upload Portal, you will then be able to start tracking your application status in the Raiderlink portal.

Graduate Policies and Manuals

Policies

Manuals

Current Student Forms

All forms should be filled out, saved to your computer, and emailed to the HDFS Graduate Program Coordinator, sandra.c.vasquez@ttu.edu.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Contact Information for Graduate School
If you have any questions about your application, call (806) 742-2781 or email: graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.
To check your application status, please check Raiderlink.

Online Human Development and Family Studies Master's Degree Option

Texas Tech offers online master's degree concentrations in gerontology and youth development via the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Both online master's degrees require a total of 36 credit hours and are aimed at working adults who are already employed as professionals in child and family services.

The youth development concentration includes 28 credit hours of coursework and an eight-hour practicum, research project or thesis. The gerontology concentration consists of eight core courses totaling 24 credit hours, and four electives totaling 12 credit hours.

Admission Deadline:

Spring: December 15
Fall: April 15
Summer: April 15

Online Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Certificate Options

Gerontology

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology 15-hour inter-institutional program offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, a consortium of seven universities. The program is designed to prepare professionals who are either working directly with older people or are involved in education or research related to aging adults. The web-based courses are comprised of two core courses and three electives offered by universities participating in Great Plains IDEA.

Youth Development Specialist

The Graduate Certificate in Youth Development Specialist is designed to assist youth professionals to train individuals in the second decade of life with the skills necessary for a successful transition into adulthood. The target audience is professionals who are either working directly with adolescents and young adults or are involved in education and research related to youth. Great Plains IDEA is the only alliance of public universities to offer a youth specialist certificate completely online. The program addresses the need for advanced education in youth issues and does so through a strengths-based curriculum.

Youth Program Management and Evaluation

The Graduate Certificate in Youth Program Management and Evaluation is designed to prepare professionals who are either working directly with adolescents and young adults or are involved in education and research related to youth. Few graduate programs exist that focus solely on the second decade of life, and Great Plains IDEA is the only alliance of public universities to offer this type of certificate completely online. The certificate is designed to assist youth professionals to develop and apply resources for successful implementation and management of youth-serving organizations. The program addresses the need for advanced education based on research and policy for optimal youth outcomes through a strengths-based curriculum.

Human Development and Family Studies