How to Get an M.A. in Human Development

The human development masters degree program is intended for those who wish to become administrators, program directors, and case managers.  These students must learn about human development topics, as well as the administration and organization of early childhood programs. Participants in the programs must learn how to work with children, couples, and families.

In order to enroll in a master’s program at Pacific Oaks College, students must show various levels of competency. Certain programs require letters of recommendation, while others demand a certain level of previous work experience. Click here to learn about the specific admission requirements for the M.A. in Human Development at Pacific Oaks.

While master’s programs continue on with human development theory, they also explore issues such as education, public policy, and counseling.  Courses are comprised of the following:

  • Child life studies;
  • Family crises;
  • Relationships between couples;
  • Later life issues for families;
  • Basic counseling practices;
  • Aging health phases;
  • Decision making for consumers;
  • Organization and administration of vocational cooperative education programs;
  • Applications for child development;
  • Public policies for consumers and families.

About Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor's-completion, master's, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. The school offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient instructional sites throughout California, as well as online.

Founded nearly 70 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College has remained dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being.