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Human Development and Family Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Students majoring in in Human Development and Family Studies at The University of Alabama have a genuine concern for children and families and seek the challenge of helping people learn, solve life problems and successfully interact with others. Students gain an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. 
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The Human Development and Family Studies program offered by The University of Alabama provides an understanding of growth and development throughout the lifespan. Concentrations are offered in Family Life Education and Advocacy; Adolescence and Youth Development; and Child Life. A list of approved elective courses to enhance the HDFS major is available from the departmental advisor.

Career Opportunities

HDFS graduates often pursue graduate study at UA or other prominent universities, or they develop careers in various settings for children, youth and adults. Most importantly, HDFS graduates work in rewarding careers ultimately improving the quality of life for individuals and families.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Family Studies graduates find jobs as family relationships/parenting educators in businesses, mental health agencies and community or church-related programs. Child Life graduates work in hospitals, outpatient clinics and large pediatric practices. Adolescent and Youth graduates work in private clinics, human service organizations, community-sponsored programs or with youth groups in churches, synagogues and other privately funded organizations.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

teachers, administrators, community service providers, social services representative, travel agent , teen mom program director, child life specialist in a research hospital, adult or child daycare provider, consumer protection agent, business manager, writer/editor of children's books, parent counselor, hospice manager, State Department of Education staff member, women's protective agency, State Department of Human Resources staff member, State Department of Children's Affairs staff member and child/family advocate

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child Dev-Infancy/Todlr
  • Child Dev-Preschool
  • Child Dev-Adolescence
  • Parent And Family Devt
  • Research & Critical Thinking
  • Elem Statistical Methods
  • Educational Statistics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete your Online Application and pay the application fee.
  • 2-3 days after completing the application, check the email account that you listed on your application. You will be sent your CWID (Identification number) via email.
  • Copy of your passport
  • Relevant visa and immigration documents (this includes PR card, current visa, or F-1/ J-1 visa request and supporting documents.)
  • All students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tuscaloosa

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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