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Graduate Program (MA)

Masters Programs: Thesis Track

In the thesis track of the Master's program, students participate in faculty research labs and projects. They attend research meetings, conduct literature reviews, locate subjects, collect data, analyze data, and write up research reports, articles and books for publication. There are often opportunities to guide a research proposal through the IRB process and gain grant proposal writing skills. Some master's students end up directing a study of their own. For further information about research opportunities, see Faculty Profiles and Research.

31 SHU's as follows:

Master's Pro-Seminar: CSHD 202
2 SHU's, mandatory, 1st semester

Theory / Foundational courses: 6 SHU's

  • Advanced Intellectual Development: CSHD 151, 251 or approved alternate
  • Advanced Personal & Social Development: CSHD 161, 261 or approved alternate
  • Language Development: CSHD 155 or approved alternate
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Child Development: CSHD 211
  • Applied Developmental Science: CSHD 248

Statistics: 3 SHU's

  • Problems in Research: Statistics, CSHD 140
  • Applied Data Analysis: CSHD 146
  • Structural Equation Modeling, CSHD 243
  • Applied Multivariate Data Analysis, CSHD 249

Research methods: 3 SHU's

  • Research Design and Methods, CSHD 142
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, CSHD 144
  • Program Evaluation, CSHD 247

Electives: 12 SHU's
Chosen by the student to either complete a concentration or develop an area of expertise.

Thesis: 5 SHU's
CSHD 245 (first semester) and CSHD 246 (second semester)
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Note: All students will present their thesis at Student Presentation Day in either poster or presentation format.