Completing a Human Development Master of Arts degree will help you acquire the foundational knowledge and research skills you will need to be competitive for admission to top-tier doctoral programs in Human Development and Psychology or obtain employment in a variety of academic and professional settings. Your classes will be taught by nationally and internationally renowned faculty-researchers in educational psychology, developmental science, and quantitative methodology. Specially assigned faculty advisors will assist you in your program design, mentor your laboratory experiences, and provide career guidance. You will have weekly opportunities to attend departmental seminars, colloquia, laboratory team meetings, and other academic gatherings in which fellow graduate students, departmental faculty, and visiting professors interact and learn from one another.

Admissions Deadlines

September 2, 2020 (Spring domestic/international) (preferred)**

October 1, 2020 (Spring domestic) (final)
September 29, 2020 (Spring international) (final)

November 24, 2020 (Fall domestic)
November 17, 2020 (Fall international)

** For consideration of funding, please submit your application by the Spring preferred deadline.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines. 

The Graduate School Application portal, gradapply.umd.edu, can be used to apply to UMD and review the status of your application. Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.

Before applying to the program, it is recommended students reach out to the prospective faculty member with whom they would like to work. Faculty members are listed within the Associated Faculty tab.

Please note: EDHD requires all applicants to submit official transcripts (hard copies) to: University of Maryland, College Park, Enrollment Services Operation/Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742.

Students are required to submit all required documents before submitting their application: CV and Purpose Statement, (3) recommendation letters, transcripts, GRE scores and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international graduate students. Due to COVID-19, the Educational Testing Service is temporarily offering the GRE General Test online.

 

The Graduate School's guide to International Admissions provides an overview on the application, review, and enrollment process for international students.

The Graduate School's list of Frequently Asked Questions is a helpful resource as you navigate the admissions process.

For other questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application, please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM). Please contact:

Jannitta Graham, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
(301) 405-8432

For undergraduate advising, Human Development minor inquiries should be sent to educminors@umd.edu, Human Development major inquiries should be sent to coehdmajor@umd.edu, and for any general inquiries please contact ed-advising@umd.edu. You can also contact the Office of Student Services by calling (301) 405-2364.

For graduate advising in HDQM, please contact the graduate coordinator, Jannitta Graham at jgraham7@umd.edu. It is recommended but not required that students contact the faculty member with whom they are interested in working with before applying to the program. Faculty are listed within the Associated Faculty tab.

 

Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Jannitta Graham at (301) 405-8432 or jgraham7@umd.edu

Completing a Human Development Master of Arts with Thesis, Master of Arts without Thesis, or Master of Education degree will help you acquire the foundational knowledge and research skills you will need to be competitive for admission to top-tier doctoral programs in Human Development and Psychology or obtain employment in a variety of academic and professional settings.  Your classes will be taught by nationally and internationally renowned faculty-researchers in educational psychology, developmental science, and quantitative methodology. Specially assigned faculty advisors will assist you in your program design, mentor your laboratory experiences, and provide career guidance.  You will have weekly opportunities to attend departmental seminars, colloquia, laboratory team meetings, and other academic gatherings in which fellow graduate students, departmental faculty, and visiting professors interact and learn from one another. 

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Jannitta Graham, at jgraham7@umd.edu or by phone at (301) 405-8432. 

Thank you for your interest in our Human Development Master’s Programs! We look forward to working with you in the near future.

Jannitta Graham, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
(301) 405-8432

Admissions Deadlines

September 2, 2020 (Spring domestic/international) (preferred)**

October 1, 2020 (Spring domestic) (final)
September 29, 2020 (Spring international) (final)

November 24, 2020 (Fall domestic)
November 17, 2020 (Fall international)

** For consideration of funding, please submit your application by the Spring preferred deadline.

Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year.

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.

Please contact:
Jannitta Graham, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
(301) 405-8432

Patricia Alexander

Patricia Alexander, Distinguished University Professor
3304F Benjamin Building
(301) 405-2821 | palexand@umd.edu

Specialization: Educational Psychology

Donald Bolger, Associate Professor
3304N Benjamin Building
(301) 405-9103 | djbolger@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Lucas Butler

Lucas Butler, Assistant Professor
3304P Benjamin Building
(301) 314-1815 | lpbutler@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Natasha Cabrera, Professor
3304E Benjamin Building
(301) 405-2827 | ncabrera@umd.edu

Specialization: Developmental Science

Kevin Niall Dunbar

Kevin Dunbar, Professor
3304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7233 | kndunbar@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Nathan Fox

Nathan Fox, Distinguished University Professor
3404D Benjamin Building
(301) 405-2816 | fox@umd.edu

Specialization: Developmental Science

Melanie Killen

Melanie Killen, Professor
3304B Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3176 | mkillen@umd.edu

Specialization: Developmental Science

Elisa Klein

Elisa Klein, Associate Professor
1117F Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3122 | elklein@umd.edu

Specialization: Developmental Science

Doug Lombardi Headshot

Doug Lombardi, Associate Professor
3304T Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3604 | lombard1@umd.edu

Specialization: Educational Psychology

Kelly Mix, Professor and Chair
3304M Benjamin Building
(301) 405-5914 | kmix@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Richard Prather

Richard Prather, Assistant Professor
3304S Benjamin Building
(301) 405-2806 | prather1@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Geetha Ramani

Geetha Ramani, Associate Professor
3304R Benjamin Building
(301) 405-8777 | gramani@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Kenneth H Rubin

Kenneth Rubin, Professor
1108 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-0458 | krubin@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

Min Wang

Min Wang, Professor
3304C Benjamin Building
(301) 405-8798 | minwang@umd.edu

Specializations: Developmental Science, Educational Psychology

POLICY
Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

 

HANDBOOKS
The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student.

 

FORMS
Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.

Graduate Studies Forms