Texas Tech University's online Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies is made possible through a consortium of universities called the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Several universities have come together to offer online post-baccalaureate programs to students whose families or careers have prevented them from completing a degree on campus. The consortium agreement allows students to take courses offered by multiple institutions for a standard tuition in order to complete a program.
Faculty research interests in the HDFS department are broad and multidisciplinary, creating many areas of specialization. Inpidual development research includes participants across the lifespan as well as within multiple domains of development. Special emphasis is placed on exploring development in context, measuring brain function using fMRI, and understanding developmental problems and solutions. Relationship process research includes inter-generational family relationships (ranging from infant-parent dyads to adult children and their elderly parents), close relationships (intimate and marital relationships), social interactions, and family issues (impact of work and stress on families). The department also specializes in research on theory, statistical methods and analyses, Hispanic and other ethnic studies, and issues specific to rural populations.
This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.
The online Gerontology program is offered through:
Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:
Application form specific to the university
Letters of recommendation
Statement of goals
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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