Texas Tech University

Human Development & Family Sciences

Why Choose Texas Tech HDFS

Why Choose our HDFS Graduate Program?

Texas Tech's Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) graduate program provides cutting-edge education focused on interpersonal and family relationships and human development across the lifespan. Students will have access to expert faculty whose research is published in some of the nation's leading journals and publications. Graduate students in the HDFS program participate in meaningful research that impacts the lives of children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and communities. Graduate students will graduate prepared to excel in professional and academic positions through our intensive theoretical and methodological training. Our graduate program prepares individuals to conduct research, teach at colleges and universities, develop and implement programming, and serve individuals, families, and communities in a variety of academic and applied settings. 

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For information about our online graduate programs, please visit: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/great_plains_interactive_distance_education/index.php

Learn more about living in Lubbock: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/hdfs/graduate/student_life.php

What can you do with an HDFS degree?

Human development and family sciences graduate degrees prepare students to pursue many different career paths including:

  • Professor at colleges/universities 
  • Administrator for social service agencies
  • Researcher at non-profits and think tanks
  • Cooperative Extension specialists/agents
  • Program directors
  • Data analyst
  • Program evaluators 
  • Researcher for organizations and companies 

Our HDFS graduate program does not provide training for individuals hoping to become counselors, therapists, or child life specialists. 

What type of research do we do?

Faculty in the Human Development and Family Sciences department conduct research on individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan. Students participate in innovative research projects and areas of study from a wide range of topics. Our M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs utilize a mentorship model in which students gain experience conducting research with faculty advisors. Students interested in pursuing our M.S. and Ph.D. programs should contact faculty they are interested in working with prior to applying as identifying potential advisors is part of the application process.  

Please view our faculty research labs to learn more about their work: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/hdfs/research_labs.php  

For detailed dissertation information, please visit the Texas Tech Library Theses and Dissertation Website.

Careers of Human Development and Family Sciences Graduate Student Alumni

Texas Tech HDFS alumni are making an impact in their careers. Below is a list of occupations and employers of some of our recent HDFS graduate alumni.

Employer Title
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Director of Mental Health Initiative 
Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Research Specialist/Data Analyst
Miami Dade Assistant Professor
Eckerd College Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Stout Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve University Postdoctoral Scholar, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education
Middle Tennessee State University Assistant Professor
Penn State University, Erie Assistant Professor
McMurry University Instructor of Psychology
Triada Capital (Hong Kong) Operations Analyst
Colorado State University  Assistant Professor
St. Anne's Maternity Home Crisis Specialist
Crisis Center Interpersonal Violence Prevention Educator
TTU Research Office Research Administrator
Texas Public Policy Foundation Director, Center for Families and Children
Buckner Children and Family Services Aftercare Case Manager
Texas A&M, Kingsville Assistant Professor
Montclair State University  Senior Research Associate
Falcon Ridge Ranch (Hurricane, Utah) Program Director
Texas A&M University  County Extension Agent, Urban Youth Development
Oklahoma State University  Program Evaluation Specialist
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Senior Director
Texas Tech University Instructor