Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (ISHD) program examines the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of human development within the context of culture and social policy. The ISHD master’s program offers students the opportunity to create an individualized program of study that leads to an enriched understanding of the diverse perspectives of human development across the lifespan in one of the following career interests: traditional academic research, youth programming and services, urban and ethnic studies, adult development and learning, international programming (e.g., work with NGOs), foundation administration, and program development. The program is designed for pre-professional training and to prepare students to advance within their careers by gaining a better understanding of human development issues. The M.S.Ed. in ISHD also gives students a solid foundation for applying to doctoral programs in human development and related fields.


A total of 10 course units are required for the ISHD MSEd.

Introductory (Required)
EDUC 5560Human Development1
Current Research, Theory, Application (Required)
EDUC 8560ISHD Proseminar1
Developmental Foundations 1
Select at least 3 of the following: 3
Inter/National Development and Education
Developmental Theories: Applications with Adolescents
Adolescent Development
Personality & Social Development
Cognitive Development
Peer Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence
Cognitive Processes (EDUC 5568 pre-req)
Poverty and Child Development
Social, Cultural & Policy Foundations
Select one of the following:1
Psychology of the African-American
Race/Ethnicity in Human Development
Advanced Psychology of Women
Cultural Perspectives on Human Development
Risk, Resilience, and Prevention Science
Quantitative Methodology
Select one of the following:1
Introductory Statistics for Educational Research
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Another statistics course can be substituted with permission
Qualitative Methodology
Select one of the following:1
Qualitative Studies of Developmental Interventions
Qualitative Methods: Principles and Techniques
Mixed Methods Research: Counseling & Development
Select 2 graduate level elective courses2
Total Course Units10

Applied Development and Counseling Skills Concentration:

ISHD MSEd students may opt for a concentration in Applied Development and Counseling Skills  by taking 7 ISHD courses in addition to 3 courses that would fulfill requirements for the concentration.

Required Milestones

Comprehensive Examination (or Portfolio or Thesis)  

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary.


Counseling Area of Concentration students select at least 2 of these courses.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.