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Human Development, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #298 (BCR) , NY,
The Human Development programme offered by University at Albany explores human psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional changes across the lifespan.


Human diversity and culture are treated as essential facets of human development, and students will explore issues of equity and social justice as they relate to developmental well-being. Students will learn to critically assess social and cultural frameworks and the ways in which individuals, families, and communities are positioned within them.

The Human Development programme offered by University at Albany will help students build high-quality, specialized knowledge, intensified by research and engagement within the community. All students will take classes in human development, psychology, education, individual differences, research methods, and statistics. These courses will stress self-directed learning and provide team-based learning opportunities that foster effective collaboration skills. Students will graduate with a strong foundation in research methodology and be comfortable using data to make professional decisions.


Counseling Psychology Concentration

A concentration in Counseling Psychology within the Human Development major will prepare students for careers in psychological health and welfare

Educational Psychology Concentration

A concentration in Educational Psychology within the Human Development major will introduce students to research about human learning and development within a variety of settings (e.g., in the home, in peer groups, and in schools) and about approaches to accommodate learners based on the range of human diversity encountered in such settings.

Peer Assistance and Leadership Concentration

The Peer Assistance and Leadership concentration provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate Human Development majors to integrate academic study with community service and student organizational leadership development experiences.

Special Education Concentration

A concentration in Special Education within the Human Development major will provide students with a foundation in atypical human development across the life span and knowledge of a variety of educational interventions for individuals with disabilities.


The Human Development major is an excellent preparation for any of the human service professions. Those students considering careers in human service fields such as education, law, health, social work, human services policy, child care, mental health and counseling, and criminal justice—with special interest in diversity, growth, and aging across the lifespan—would benefit from the human development program. The degree supports concentrations in counseling psychology, educational psychology, peer assistance and leadership, and special education. It can be coordinated with other majors or minors at UAlbany to strengthen students’ readiness for further professional preparation and advancement.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundation Courses
  • Educational Psychology & Counseling Psychology
  • Elective in Psychology or Sociology 
  • Elective in Human Development 
  • Field-Based Learning Experience 

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • The student must have completed at least 24 credits (sophomore status).
  • The student’s cumulative grade point average for all coursework at the University at Albany must be 3.00 or higher at the time of evaluation.
  • The courses A PSY 101, A SOC 115, and E PSY 200 must have been completed with a minimum grade of C or better.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11855 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3435 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Albany

  • 1010 - 1570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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