Human Development & Family Sciences
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.
|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|