Human Development offers two types of Master's degrees.
One (the M.A./Ph.D)
is offered as a preliminary to more advanced graduate work for students who have already been admitted to the Human Development Ph.D. program, but who want to earn a Master's degree before they finish the Ph.D. Students who opt to earn a Master's before earning the Ph.D. are offered five years of funding that includes both the Master's and the Ph.D.
The other (M.A)
is offered as a one year program and can be (though need not be) treated as an extension of a four-year undergraduate degree. The goal of the one-year master’s program is to provide an opportunity for qualified students to gain additional research experience and increase credentials for application to a PhD or other advanced degree program where knowledge of Human Development may be helpful. Please note: Neither the Department nor individual faculty will be able to fund students (by providing tuition, insurance, or a teaching or research assistantship) during the one-year Master's degree program.
Information specific to the One-Year M.A. program:
Each student’s progress is supervised by a Special Graduate Committee comprised of two faculty members to be chosen by the student from among Human Development graduate field faculty who have compatible interests. Because this is a two semester program, we accept students only if there are two graduate faculty members available to mentor them. To see if there are faculty members whose research interests are compatible with yours, please read the biographical statements. If you do find faculty members with compatible research interests, please feel free tocontact them directly.
Required: A total of 30 credit hours, which must include at least two formal, didactic courses in each semester, with the remaining credit hours devoted to either supplemental course work or research participation or a combination of both. The specific courses, the type of research undertaken, and the content of the final thesis are decided jointly by the student and the Special Committee.
Required: A written empirical thesis, which can include, but is not limited to, extending an empirical honor’s thesis written while being involved in a faculty member’s lab, conducting an empirical research project, or conducting an empirical evaluation of a program.
Neither the Department nor individual faculty will be able to fund students (by providing tuition, insurance, or a teaching or research assistantship) during the one-year Master's degree program.
Apply via the current Cornell University Graduate School application form.
Two letters of recommendation are required. In fall 2020, GRE scores are encouraged but not required. In Fall 2020, other measures (for example, LSATs, MCATs) are also acceptable.
International students are required to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores.
Applications for fall of 2021: August 15, 2020 and close February 1, 2021. Applications for spring of 2022 will open July 1, 2021 and close October 15, 2021. Applications can be reopened if necessary by contacting the Graduate Field Assistant.
Ms. Marianne Arcangeli
Graduate Field Assistant
G421C MVR Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Prof. Corinna Loëckenhoff
Director of Graduate Studies
202C Beebe Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853