Back to Top


Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance








Battle, Ann Arlene, Adjunct Member

Distinguished University Professor

Fox, Nathan A., Full Member


Alexander, Patricia A., Full Member

Cabrera, Natasha J., Full Member

Dunbar, Kevin, Full Member

Jones Harden, Brenda P., Full Member

Killen, Melanie A., Full Member

Rubin, Kenneth H., Full Member

Wang, Min, Full Member

Wentzel, Kathryn R., Full Member

Wigfield, Allan L., Full Member

Associate Professor

Bolger, Donald J., Full Member

Klein, Elisa L., Full Member

Marcus, Robert F., Full Member

Ramani, Geetha, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Butler, Lucas, Full Member

Prather, Richard, Full Member

Associate Research Scholar

Loughlin, Sandra M., Adjunct Member

Assistant Research Scientist

McRae, Angela, Adjunct Member

Romberg, Alexa, Adjunct Member

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sand, Lesley, Adjunct Member

University Affiliate

Fox, Emily W., Adjunct Member

Hurley, Megan M., Adjunct Member

Rowe, Meredith L., Full Member

Assistant Clinical Professor

Corbin, Christy T., Adjunct Member

Professor Emerita

Torney-Purta, Judith, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Guthrie, John T., Full Member

Hardy, Robert C., Full Member

Associate Professor Emeritus

Flatter, Charles H., Full Member

Gardner, Albert H., Full Member

More EDHD Faculty Information

Human Development (EDHD)   

Program Title and Classification

Human Development

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education


The purposes of the Human Development graduate programs are to contribute to basic knowledge about human development and learning and apply this knowledge in various settings. The general areas of human development covered in courses and research include infant and early childhood development, child development, and adolescent development.  Specific faculty areas of expertise and research  include achievement motivation, cognitive development,  developmental neuroscience, earhcy childhood policy, language development, literacy development, peer relationships, teacher-student relationships, moral development, social development, temperament, parenting,  prejudice and discrimination, and the role of culture on many aspects of development.

Graduate programs in Human Development lead to the Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The research-oriented M. A. (with thesis) and the Ph.D. degree programs in human development are designed to develop students' scientific knowledge of human development and ability to carry out original research projects. The M.Ed. and M.A. without thesis programs are designed to develop competencies in identifying implications of the scientific knowledge of human development for specific situations and contexts, particularly elementary and secondary schools.

Human Development offers two specialization areas of study at the doctoral level, Educational Psychology and Developmental Sciences. The graduate programs and specializations prepare graduates for faculty positions at universities or research positions at institutions where research in developmental science and educational psychology is conducted. Graduates of our program have obtained positions as university professors, research scientists, program analysts, and other research-oriented occupations including research-oriented professionals in private, policy, or advocacy organizations.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript(s): 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
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The College of Education and Graduate School require a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at the undergraduate level. At the master’s level, a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required by the College of Education. The general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required by the Department. Three letters of recommendation including evidence of academic potential from university faculty references are required. In addition, students must write a statement of purpose which indicates a match between student research interests and faculty expertise. Students should indicate their research interests, describe any relevant research experience,and how their experience and interests can be met by our program.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Mar (Final) / 1 Dec (Preferred) 29 Sep (Final) / 30 Aug (Preferred)
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb (Final) / 15 Nov (Preferred)29 Sep (Final) / 30 Aug (Preferred)

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

30 credits required

Complete the following courses:

EDHD 690: History and Systems in Human Development (3 credits)

EDMS 645: Quantitative Research Methods I (3 credits)

EDHD 720: Social Development and Socialization Processes (3 credits)

EDHD 721: Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction (3 credits)

EDHD 775: Human Development and Neuroscience (3 credits)

Complete five of the following courses:

EDHD 711: Peer-Culture and Group Processes in Human Development (3 credits)

EDHD 750: Culture, Context, and Development (3 credits)

EDHD 779: Selected Topics in Human Development (3 credits)

EDHD 835: The Development of Achievement Motivation (3 credits)

EDHD 840: Language and Literacy Development (3 credits)

EDHD 850: Social Cognition and Moral Reasoning (3 credits)


The Master of Education degree in Human Development has the following requirements: Minimum of 30 semesters of coursework, including EDMS 645. A minimum of 15 hours in courses numbered 600-800, with the remainder in the 400 series or above. Required courses focus on biological, social, cognitive, and personality development and in quantitative methods. A written comprehensive examination and seminar paper are required to be taken at the end of the coursework.

The Off Campus Master of Education program curriculum is designed to respond to developmental and motivational challenges faced by teachers and other professionals who work with children and adolescents in education settings. This is not a certification program. The program uses a cohort model. Each fall a new cohort of students begins the program, which runs for two years, including one summer semester. To graduate students must successfully complete 30 credits of study and a seminar paper. Classes are held off campus, primarily at the Universities at Shady Grove. For More information, please visit  The Masters Cohort in Human Development (MCHD) off-campus program deadlines:

  • Fall Domestic (preferred):  April 14
  • Fall Domestic (final): July 1
  • Applicants should email Dr. Ann Battle at for further information.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis or Non-thesis option: 30 credits

EDHD 690: History and Systems in Human Development (3 credits)

EDMS 645: Quantitative Research Methods I (3 credits)

EDHD 720: Social Development and Socialization Processes (3 credits)

EDHD 721: Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction (3 credits)

EDHD 775: Human Development and Neuroscience (3 credits)

Thesis option:

EDMS 646: Quantitative Research Methods II (3 credits)

EDHD 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Two Electives approved by advisor (6 credits)

Non-thesis option:

EDHD 789: Internship in Human Development (6 credits)

Three Electives approved by advisor (9 credits)


The M.A. program requires 30 credit hours and offers both a thesis option (24 hours of courses plus 6 hours of thesis) and a non-thesis option (24 hours of courses plus 6 hours of supervised placement in an organization and accompanying papers).Courses in biological, social, cognitive, and personality development and in quantitative methods and a written comprehensive examination are required for all master's degrees.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. )

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 72 credits, including 12 credits of EDHD 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Students can specialize in either Educational Psychology or Developmental Science, and must complete an Independent Emprical Research Project as well as The Doctoral Comprehensive Knowledge Portfolio. 

All students must complete the following courses:

EDMS 651: General Linear Models II (3 credits)

EDHD 780: Research Methods in Human Development (3 credits)

EDHD 888: Apprenticeship in Human Development Research (12 credits)

*Educational Psychology specialization: 

EDHD 760: Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)

EDHD 835: The Development of Achievement Motivation (3 credits)

Two of the following courses: EDHD 720: Social Development and Socialization Processes (3 credits), EDHD 721: Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction (3 credits), EDHD 775: Human Development and Neuroscience (3 credits)

Electives approved by advisor (30 credits)

*Developmental Science specialization:

EDHD 690: History and Systems in Human Development (3 credits)

EDHD 720: Social Development and Socialization Processes (3 credits)

EDHD 721: Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction (3 credits)

EDHD 775: Human Development and Neuroscience (3 credits)

EDHD 840: Language and Literacy Development (3 credits)

EDHD 629: Seminar for the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture (6 credits)

Electives approved by advisor (21 credits)


The Ph.D. degree requires 72 hours of credit which includes 12 dissertation credits. Courses in biological, social, and cognitive development and in intermediate statistics and research methods are required. Students also receive credit for research experiences. Slight modifications of these requirements characterize the Specializations in Educational Psychology and Developmental Sciences. Students are also required to complete a comprehensive examination portfolio prior to advancement to candidacy.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Washington, D.C. area and the University of Maryland are rich in resources for graduate study in human development. The faculty of the Department is multi-disciplinary, representing the broad range of developmental sciences, educational psychology, and related fields. There are programs of funded research, field service programs, and internship experiences available in cooperation with agencies and schools. The Department sponsors the Center for the Study of Children, Relationships, and Culture and manages the on-campus Center for Young Children. Faculty in the department make use of the research facilities at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center and Maryland Language Science Center. Students in the College of Education have access to the latest technology through Educational Technology Services.

Financial Assistance

Students requesting consideration for Financial Aid, in addition to completing the financial aid form found in the Graduate Admissions application, must submit their application by the priority deadline. All students who submit their application by December 15 will automatically be reviewed for any departmental aid. University fellowships, NIH traineeships, and Departmental assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis -- more students are admitted than can be awarded funding. In recent years, only students with undergraduate GPA’s of 3.6, GRE scores above the 70th percentile, and strong letters of recommendation from academic references have been successful in obtaining Recruitment Fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School and graduate assistantships in the Department.

First priority for Departmental assistantships goes to students already admitted to the Department who have been assured financial assistance for the full course of their study. Almost all awards of fellowships and assistantships are based on previous academic performance, with little attention to need. In addition, some faculty have external grants which provide support for graduate students. Students who do not receive a fellowship or assistantship from the Department may contact the University Financial Aid office at 301-314-9000 for information about other sources of financial support.

Contact Statement

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: 



Graduate Coordinator, Jannitta Graham

Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

3304 Benjamin Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-8432

Fax: (301) 405-2891


Associated Information





Study in the broad fields of knowledge concerned with human growth, development, learning and behavior from infancy through adolescence. Areas of specialization in Educational Psychology and Developmental Science are available at the doctoral level.


Neurosciences and Cognitive Science (NACS)