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As a student in the Human Development Research and Policy (HDRP) MA, you will take courses in three core areas: Foundations in Human Development; Research Methodology and Statistics; and Professional Development. You will also choose two electives to pursue your substantive and/or methodological interests and tailor the program to your professional goals.

All HDRP students will graduate in May, together with their peers at other programs.

Core Areas

Foundations in Human Development

You will first be introduced to the main theories, methods, and evidence from developmental psychology, to help you understand why and how differences across multiple domains (e.g., language, cognition, and social-emotional development) emerge, from infancy to adulthood. Then, you will build on your understanding of human development and learn how to design, implement, and/or study policies and programs through Intervention and Social Change.

Research Methodology and Statistics

You will be able to pursue one of two course sequences in Research Methodology and Statistics, based on your prior exposure to statistics. If you have no prior exposure, you will take Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences I in the fall and Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences II in the spring, and if you do, you will take Intermediate Quantitative Methods: The General Linear Model in the fall and Topics in Multivariate Analysis in the spring.

Professional Development

The Professional Development Seminar I (in the fall) and II (in the spring) will introduce you to professional-development opportunities at and beyond NYU in research and policy analysis on human development. The opportunities in the fall are geared towards introducing you to sites where you may pursue your internship in the spring, whereas those in the spring seek to introduce you to sites for employment upon graduation.

Fall

Foundations in Human Development (6 credits)

  • APSY-GE 2271 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • APSY-GE 2826 Intervention and Social Change (3 credits)

Research Methodology and Statistics (3 credits)

  • APSTA-GE 2001 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences I (3 credits; for students without prior exposure to statistics), or APSTA-GE 2003 Intermediate Quantitative Methods: The General Linear Model (3 credits; for students with prior exposure to statistics)

Professional Development (3 credits)

  • APSY-GE 2837 Professional Development Seminar I (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

  • 1 guided elective, including (but not limited to):
    • Foundations in Human Development
      • APSY-GE 2097 Social Development of Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2105 Culture, Context, and Psychology (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2115 Psychological Research in Infancy (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2138 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2198 Cognitive Development (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2270 Intervention and Prevention Early Childhood Contexts (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2527 The Development of Immigrant Origin Youth (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2605 Social Psychology, Intervention, and Social Change (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2682 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3 credits)
    • Research Methodology and Statistics
      • APSTA-GE 2012 Causal Inference (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2070 Research and Evaluation Methods in Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
      • APSTA-GE 2139 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
      • APSTA-GE 2331 Data Science for Social Impact (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2604 Running Field Experiments (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2835 Using Mixed Methods (3 credits)
      • RESCH-GE 3040 The Listening Guide Method of Psychological Inquiry (3 credits)

Spring

Research Methodology and Statistics (5 credits)

  • APSTA-GE 2002 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences II (2 credits; for students without prior exposure to statistics) or APSTA-GE 2004 Topics in Multivariate Analysis (2 credits; for students with prior exposure to statistics)
  • RESCH-GE 2140 Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry (3 credits) or APSY-GE 2524 Psychological Measurement (3 credits)

Professional Development (7 credits)

  • APSY-GE 2838 Professional Development Seminar II (3 credits)
  • APSY-GE 2354 Internship in Internship in Human Development (1 credit)
  • APSY-GE 2077 Grant Writing and Grant Management for the Social Sciences (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

  • 1 guided elective, including (but not limited to):
    • Foundations in Human Development
      • APSY-GE 2003 Social Psychology (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2094 Development and Prevention Science (3 credits)
      • APSY-2055 Child Language Development (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2272 Adolescent Development: Theory and Research (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2279 Risk and Resilience (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2138 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2261 Emotional Development: A Cognitive Perspective (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2265 Early Childhood: The Development of Self-Regulation (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2832 Child Development and Social Policy in a Global Societies (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2682 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2870 Positive Psychological Development: Research and Practice (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 3103 Historical Perspectives of Psychological Theory (3 credits)
    • Research Methodology and Statistics
      • APSTA-GE 2062 Ethics of Data Science (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2070 Research and Evaluation Methods in Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
      • APSTA-GE 2134 Topics in Experimental Design (3 credits)
      • APSTA-GE 2354 Applied Data Analytics for Public Policy (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2222 Cross-Cultural Research Methods: An Introduction (3 credits)
      • APSY-GE 2529 Research in Applied Psychology in Global Context (3 credits)