Admission Policy

The GRE exam is required for Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 admission.

Getting Started

Admission to the HDFS graduate program requires the following:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • An official Texas State Graduate College application
    • Steps to Apply
    • Deadline and application information for the M.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences is available at the Graduate College website.
    • Spring Deadline = October 15 (HDFS only applications, Child Life applications for Fall admission only)
    • Fall Priority Deadline = December 1; Standard Deadline = February 15
  • A GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Required for Spring 2024 and Fall 2024 admission - Official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections.
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Three letters of recommendation must be uploaded with the Graduate Admissions Upload tool.
  • A 500-word statement of purpose
  • A resume
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