Department of Applied Psychology

Human Development and Social Intervention

Program Overview

This 42-credit, two-year, full-time master of arts degree in Human Development and Social Intervention has two interrelated goals:

The MA in Human Development and Social Intervention offers a distinct curriculum that explicitly emphasizes the practical skills of research design and methods, grant writing and grant management, and program development and evaluation from a community psychology perspective. The curriculum is firmly rooted in the traditions and lexicon of community, social, personality, and developmental psychology. You will learn how issues such as poverty, race, gender, and culture influence the daily lives of individuals. Hands-on research and grant writing skills will aid your efforts to apply social interventions to these issues.

The program is designed for college graduates with backgrounds in the social sciences, including psychology, social work, sociology, anthropology, and race, gender or ethnic studies, as well as those who have work or volunteer experiences in non-profit organizations, schools, health facilities, and community centers and seek to further or change the direction of their careers.

All students in this program will receive training in:

  1. Theories of human development;
  2. Theories and techniques of preventive and promotive interventions;
  3. Theories and concepts of the influence of culture and context in various settings;
  4. Conceptualization and analysis of individual and social change;
  5. Research methodology including program management and evaluation and grant preparation and grant management.

In addition to a core of research methodology and psychology courses, students will also pursue one of the following three areas of study:

By the end of the MA program, students will be able to: