The General Studies in HES offers the Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with the following areas of study:

  • Consumer Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation (graduate certificate available)
  • Consumer Quality Management
  • General Studies
  • Interactive Technology
  • Hospitality Management

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Program Requirements

Clothing and Textiles

The area of study in clothing and textiles provides preparation for careers in higher education, business and industry and government services, and for admission to doctoral programs in clothing, textiles, and related fields. The area of study is designed to stimulate independent thought and develop skills in problem solving, creativity and research methods. Individualized programs of study are planned to develop professional competence in the student's area of interest.

Students applying for admission to the area of study in clothing and textiles please refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. All applicants must submit test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test in support of the application. A grade of B or higher must be earned in all courses taken for application toward degree requirements.

General Studies in Human Environmental Sciences

The area of study in general human environmental sciences is designed to permit students to pursue work in more than one area of human environmental sciences and/or to strengthen professional competence by selecting courses that support or complement an area of human environmental sciences, including: hospitality management; interactive technology; sports management; consumer quality management; and the certificate in consumer conflict management, negotiation, and mediation. Students should refer to the respective website for each area of study for specific details. Upon admission into the program, students will work with an HES faculty advisor to develop a program of study consisting of HES graduate courses. Students may work under Plan I or Plan II. Applicants must clearly state the area of study on the Graduate School Application.

Students applying for admission to the area of study in general studies refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog. A student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework, or a GPA of 3.0 in a master's degree program is not required to submit standardized test scores. However, this does not guarantee admission.

Human Development & Family Studies

The area of study in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary to pursue doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults and families. Students can choose to concentrate in human development and family studies (HDFS) research, marriage and family therapy (MFT) or parent and family life education (PAFLE). HDFS research opportunities include working with faculty members in the following areas: language and cognitive development in young children; personality and social development of children and adolescents; parent-child relationships; risk factors associated with child development outcomes; assessment of early intervention programs; social support and well-being of adults; family strengths; marital interaction; and maternal depression and infant development. Completion of the MFT curriculum enables students to take the licensure examination leading to Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Research and clinical opportunities are provided in the College's child development laboratories and Capstone Family Therapy Clinic. Completion of the PAFLE curriculum qualifies students to apply for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. The parent and family life education curriculum also culminates in an internship and comprehensive examination.

Students applying for admission to the area of study in human development and family studies should refer to the requirements for admission detailed in an earlier section of this catalog and should visit the Human Development and Family Studies website. All applicants must submit test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test in support of the application. To graduate from master's programs in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, students must maintain a "B" average in the courses related to the area of study.

Additional Information

Six semester hours of eligible credit from one master's degree at The University of Alabama may be applied to the requirements for a second master's degree, but only if the department of the second master’s agrees to the courses in the plan of study. Any hours from the previous master’s degree must have been earned during the six years (18 fall, spring, and summer semesters) immediately preceding the date on which the second degree is to be awarded.

***Please note that if a student double counts six hours between two master’s degrees, no hours may double count toward any additional master’s degrees.