4 years

Starting Date

August, January

Tuition Fee

$ 16,485 per semester


Fairfax, United States

About the program

The HDFS curriculum prepares students to effectively engage with families across the lifespan and in a variety of service settings and professions, from early childhood education and care to family law and policy advocacy.

Our Human Development and Family Science degree at George Mason University prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools, communities, and in the policy arena, and address social-structural factors contributing to and influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (e.g., poverty and wealth inequality, immigration and illegalization, family homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or heterosexism).

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the HDFS field and competencies in 10 areas as established by the National Council on Family Relations, including:

  • internal dynamics of relationships and families
  • human growth and development
  • family-and community-based program planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • social policies and laws affecting families
  • family diversity
  • research methodology
  • professional ethics as related to the HDFS field

Courses Included:

  • Individual and Family Development (Mason Core)
  • Family Financial Literacy and Resource Management
  • Individual and Family Services Delivery
  • Advanced Family Processes (Mason Core)
  • Family Law and Public Policy

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