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,, 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, Human Development major inquiries should be sent to, and for any general inquiries please contact 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 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.


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