Human Development Studies (M.Ed.)

From personal relationships to group dynamics to entire organizational structures—the principles of effective human development studies can be applied in many ways.


Program Overview

The Human Development Studies (HDS) program critically explores and synthesizes the dynamic relationships among individuals, environments, and human systems. Using a systems theory lens and linking research with practice, students will examine different developmental domains as well as design strategies and interventions to promote healthy development among individuals, groups, and organizations.

In this innovative program, you'll develop your skills to drive and manage change working with diverse populations in a wide range of settings and set yourself apart as an effective organizational leader focused on equity and systemic change.

Dietitian/Nutritionist and Organizational  specializations are available in HDS.


HDS Dietitian/Nutritionist graduates may enter positions in public, private, and non-profit hospitals, organizations, agencies, and communities.

Human Development Studies Organizational graduates may enter positions in public, private, and non-profit organizations, agencies, and communities.

Program Facts

Program Director: Nicole Cobb
HDS Information: Sarah McIlroy
Admission Term: Fall
Credit Hours: 30

Application Dates

  • Application Deadline 1

    Jan 3, 2024

  • Application Deadline 2

    Feb 3, 2024 

  • Rolling Admissions

    After Feb 3, 2024*

    *Applications received after the Feb 3rd second deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted as space and funds allow.

Peabody Campus

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We interweave social justice and diversity topics into courses and co-curricular activities throughout the program. Our training programs address core values of professional counseling, including developmental and cultural sensitivity, avoiding harm and imposing of values, and social justice advocacy at individual, group, institutional, and societal levels to address issues that inhibit growth and development.

Selected Faculty Research

Nicole Allen, Professor of Human and Organizational Development

Nicole Allen, Professor of Human and Organizational Development

Nicole Allen studies community responses to gender-based violence, cross-sector community collaboration, and systems and organizational change. She believes that solutions to societal problems require changes across complex systems and organizations as well as the active engagement of communities.


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