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Human Development Major and Family Studies Degree

People face different challenges and require different types of interventions when they are 3 years of age than at 60. What are those challenges? How are we different as kids, adolescents or senior citizens? How can we help people thrive throughout their lifespan? If you are interested in a family studies degree, these are some of the questions you will address as an MSU Denver human development major.

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Broaden Your Career Opportunities with an HDFS Degree

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) degree offers a variety of career paths, working with people from their earliest to their latest years. Career paths include teaching, health-related professions, counseling, and social work.

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$4,082* per Semester

Per 12 credit hour semester. MSU Denver offers one of the most affordable Human Development and Family Studies programs in the State of Colorado.

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100% Online Human Development Degree

You can choose to complete the Human Development Degree online and enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online courses.

Courses and Program Plan of Study

Courses and Program Plan

Take a look at the courses required within the Online Human Development and Family Studies Major along with your path to graduation.

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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Residents of western states may enroll in the WUE program for resident tuition if you do not already live in Colorado, but wish to study at a Colorado university.

For more information check out our WICHE WUE page.


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MSU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the highest level of accreditation in the United States. Courses you complete online will appear on your transcript just as on-campus courses do, and the diploma you earn as an online student is identical to the diploma earned by MSU Denver campus-based students.

*Price shown is for a typical 12-credit hours semester based on the FY21-22 tuition and fee table; exact price is $4082.09 for in-state tuition with the College Opportunity Fund College Opportunity Fund (COF) applied. Price shown does not include books & supplies, transportation, health insurance, room & board, fees for specialized courses and labs, and other expenses that may be a part of the cost of your education.

One of Colorado's Top Affordable Online Colleges

Ranked by low student-to-teacher ratios, excellent financial aid packages and high graduation rates, MSU Denver provides the most bang for your buck.

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2020 Military Times Best for Vets Colleges

MSU Denver is regularly ranked as a top school for serving those who serve, with 1,207 current and former military members on campus.

Top 5 Most Innovative Schools in the West

U.S. News & World Report has recognized MSU Denver for our innovative curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities.

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