Please note: The Human Developmental Science graduate program is accepting applications for Fall 2024.

The Master of Arts in Human Developmental Science is seeking curious and academically motivated students who are interested in learning about psychology across the lifespan. Our program provides rigorous training in psychological theory as well as the statistical tools for studying human behavior and development. In our data-driven world, we need more people who are trained to understand both quantitative and qualitative components of behavior. The curriculum combines hybrid classroom education with hands-on application in order to facilitate learning at the highest level.

The program is a multidisciplinary degree intended to provide both breadth and depth in the study of human development. Our students focus on human growth that includes physical, perceptual, cognitive, personality, social and emotional growth across the lifespan. It empowers students to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience, including their own lives. Students will gain the ability to understand individual growth in the larger context of culture and society. We aim to train this field’s next generation of researchers, leaders and practitioners.

The Human Developmental Science program is unique to the Chicago area. Students will engage with faculty both in the classroom and on research projects spanning core developmental areas from infancy to adulthood and aging. Furthermore, the program offers opportunities to advance statistical and methodological skills in order to work on basic and applied research questions. Students will be able to select a specialized area of research tailored to their interests, needs and career path (e.g., aging and mental health, physiology of adolescence, adult relationship dynamics).  

Credit hours required: 32

Program Benefits

As a student in the program, you will be able to:

  • Explore a wide range of developmental topics related to social, clinical, physiological and cognitive psychology. Students will be able to engage in independent research that encourages curiosity and a passion for answering behavioral questions.
  • Gain skills related to an array of statistics tools including collecting, coding, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Solve problems to address basis research and industry questions.
  • Participate in classes that are organized around the principle of engaged and active learning.
  • Students will have access to flexible modalities of education as courses will be offered online, face-to-face, and remote/hybrid.  
  • Full time students can expect to complete their degree in two years.
  • For current NEIU students, the program will also be offered as an accelerated (4+1) degree.

Career Options

Did you know that the United States Department of Labor predicts that by 2026 there will be a significant increase in information research scientists? 

There is so much you can do with a graduate degree in Human Developmental Science; career choices are wide-ranging! This degree will give you preparation for a career in private industry, government, academics, and nonprofits. You will be ready to enter fields that require knowledge of human social behavior as well as those that require quantitative skills.

Available careers include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Consumer Behavior Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Research Scientist
  • Data Analyst

In addition, graduates of the program will be well prepared to be competitive applicants for admission to doctoral programs. Our faculty will guide you in your career path!

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Human Developmental Science and the courses offered toward the degree.

Human Developmental Science, M.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Psychology at (773) 442-5840.

Psychology Department Homepage

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