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 to contact 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 and GRE scores are required. If other measures (for example, LSATs, MCATs) are available, students can be admitted on a provisional basis, pending receipt of the GRE scores. 
  • International students are required to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores.
  • We STRONGLY recommend prospective students to apply by May 1st for Fall admission, and October 1st (application opens on July 1 and closes on October 15th) for Spring admission.

Ms. Marianne Arcangeli 
Graduate Field Assistant
G421C MVR Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.4661
E-mail: ma84@cornell.edu

Prof. Corinna Loëckenhoff  
Director of Graduate Studies
202C Beebe Hall 
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.2260
E-mail: cel72@cornell.edu