Master of Arts in Human Development

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Master of Arts in Human Development




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This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.^

Personality. Sexuality. Aging. Death. Enhance your knowledge of the human body and how the surrounding environment influences evolution. Earn your Master of Arts in Human Development at University of the Rockies and prepare yourself for a career transforming the lives of others.

Degree Objective

The Master of Arts in Human Development is an engaging program that focuses on the varying and constant developmental and transformational changes across the life span. You will examine the stages of human development and apply effective practices to address pressing public issues and social needs related to factors that shape human development such as emotional, cognitive, cultural, environmental, ethical, and social structures.

This program prepares individuals to serve in roles such as instructors, trainers, curriculum developers, consultants, public policy influencers, or for those who seek to be more authentic in their own leadership in organizations and communities. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct applied research and apply human development knowledge in their work with organizations and groups. This program also prepares graduates to engage stakeholders in open and mindful dialogue for the purpose of social change for the common good.

Focus your degree by choosing a specialization in Adult Development or Gerontology, or you may also choose to complete the Standard Program. Your specialization will consist of at least four three-credit courses.

Your coursework will include discovery and applications in areas such as:

  • Human development theory and contemporary research and perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary issues of social, cultural, behavioral, biological, and psychological aspects of sexuality
  • The practical implications of an aging population, its social significance, and its effect on society at large in relation to policy, services, living environments, retirement, social support, family relationships, and diseases of older adulthood
  • Current trends in research regarding the ethical, philosophical, and emotional aspects of death and dying for the individual, family, care-givers, and others
  • The aging process and the skills necessary to cope with the emotional and physical challenges associated with the aging process, including how society responds to older adults
  • Theoretical concepts of adult development and adult learning with the experiential processes that lead to personal transformation
  • Psychodynamic models of personality, trait theories, and humanistic theories
  • Resiliency strategies include cognitive reappraisal such as finding benefit-in life’s challenges, humor, or optimism; realistic planning, self-confidence, goal directed problem solving skills, and the ability to manage strong impulses and feelings


Focus your degree by choosing one of two specializations or the Standard Program. Your specialization will consist of at least four courses, each worth 3 credits:

Career Opportunities

This degree program is ideal for students seeking careers as:

  • Social Service Administrators
  • Human Services Administrator
  • Social and Human Services Managers
  • Retirement and Nursing Home Administrators
  • Life Coach
  • Human Services Program Specialist
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Community and Social Service Specialists

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts in Human Development, you must successfully:

  • Complete program coursework of 30 credits; and
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student's transcript and diploma will reflect the date the student completes all degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

Online Schedule

Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Your faculty members all have earned Doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.

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^Licensure Information


This program of study does not meet, nor is intended to meet, the requirements for professional licensure in the State of Colorado. The Master of Arts in Human Development program is not a licensure program.


The Master of Arts in Human Development program is not a licensure program. University of the Rockies cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. For information regarding professional licensure requirements in your state, you should contact the applicable licensing board or agency in your state and determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you reside.

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