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Master’s Degrees in Human Development & Family Studies

1,335 Yearly Graduations
$41,000 Median Salary
$40,156 Median Debt
There are 112 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in human development. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 37% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 3.1% of human development graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Human Development Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,335 earned their master's degree in human development. This earns it the #93 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in human development at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 16,159
Bachelor’s Degree 13,218
Associate’s Degree 8,681
Undergraduate Certificate 3,967
Master’s Degree 1,335
Graduate Certificate 178
Doctor’s Degree 149

Earnings of Human Development Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in human development is $41,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $38,300 to a high of $41,650.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in human development is $40,156. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $44,601 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,198.

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The median monthly payment of a human development graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $468.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in human development. About 90.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 125
Women 1,210
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Human Development

The racial-ethnic distribution of human development master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 45
Black or African American 256
Hispanic or Latino 159
White 723
International Students 42
Other Races/Ethnicities 110
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Human Development Master's Degree Students

There are 112 colleges that offer a master’s degree in human development. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
106 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for human development students seekinga master's degree is Capella University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their master's degree in human development from Capella University. Of these students, 89% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Pacific Oaks College

Pasadena, California
81 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pacific Oaks College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Roughly 1,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,689 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,847 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 81 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at Pacific Oaks College. Of these students, 94% were women and 80% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
64 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Nova Southeastern University. Each year, around 20,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,665 per year.

The human development program at Nova Southeastern University awarded 64 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

48 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arkansas State University - Main Campus. Each year, around 13,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,986 per year.

The human development program at Arkansas State University - Main Campus awarded 48 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 96% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
46 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Woman's University. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,973 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 46 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at TWU. Of these students, 98% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois
43 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National Louis University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in human development. Roughly 7,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,646 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their master's degree in human development from NLU. Around 63% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

42 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Each year, around 94,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 people received their master's degree in human development from UOPX - Arizona. About 93% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of La Verne

La Verne, California
37 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of La Verne is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Roughly 7,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,256 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at ULV. Of these students, 95% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
34 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,560 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,976 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their master's degree in human development from UNL. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#10

Erikson Institute

Chicago, Illinois
31 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Erikson Institute. The human development program at Erikson Institute awarded 31 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#11

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
30 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kansas State University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Roughly 21,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,735 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,212 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at K -State. About 93% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
30 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The human development program at Boston University awarded 30 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

28 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Roughly 24,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,366 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,531 per year.

The human development program at Oklahoma State University - Main Campus awarded 28 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Amridge University

Montgomery, Alabama
27 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Amridge University. Each year, around 800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,700 per year.

The human development program at Amridge University awarded 27 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 81% of this group were women, and 81% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma
26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Central Oklahoma. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,686 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,000 per year.

The human development program at University of Central Oklahoma awarded 26 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 96% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island
25 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Rhode Island. Each year, around 17,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,590 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,734 per year.

The human development program at University of Rhode Island awarded 25 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee
24 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lee University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Roughly 5,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,590 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at Lee University. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

24 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,332 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,468 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at UT Knoxville. About 100% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, California
22 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for human development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Fielding Graduate University. Each year, around 900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 master's degrees were handed out to human development majors at Fielding. Of these students, 77% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in human development. Each year, around 53,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The human development program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 20 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to human development that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 973
General Family & Consumer Sciences 498
Family & Consumer Economics 243
Textile & Apparel Studies 181
Housing 44

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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