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Human Development and Family Science

Child and Family Services

The bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) prepares graduates for careers serving the community in a variety of settings by helping families and individuals meet their full potential. It is also a good foundational degree for graduate study. 

The child and family services degree option prepares individuals for careers that provide services and leadership to children, youth, adults and their families. The course content focuses on individual development, human family dynamics and interaction, policy, management and professional skills. Students are given critical thinking, assessment and analytical skills and knowledge of human behavior across the lifespan.

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This degree program is one of only two nationally accredited and approved Certified Family Life Education Programs in Oklahoma. The HDFS degree helps graduates attain valuable certification that boosts their career prospects. Students also can participate in research focused on enhancing individual, family, and community well-being through the Center for Family Resilience, Center for Research on Childhood Adversity, or Institute for Building Early Relationships.

OSU-Tulsa is downtown Tulsa's public comprehensive research university, offering junior- and senior-level classes with flexible schedules designed for working adults. OSU-Tulsa students are OSU students, which means your degree is an Oklahoma State University degree -- the same degree students in Stillwater receive. Students generally transfer to OSU-Tulsa with an associate's degree or at least 45 credit hours from another institution. The majority of our students take their first two years at Tulsa Community College or another local two- or four-year school, but students have transferred to OSU-Tulsa from colleges and universities across the country.

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Transfer Maps

Child Development, Non-Teacher Certification Transfer Option (TCC) to
Human Development and Family Science - Child and Family Services option (OSU)

Child Development, Family and Community (TCC) to
Human Development and Family Science - Child and Family Services option (OSU)

Human Services, Child and Family Services (TCC) to
Human Development and Family Science - Child and Family Services option (OSU)

Liberal Arts (TCC) to
Human Development and Family Science - Child and Family Services option (OSU)

Psychology (TCC) to 
Human Development and Family Science - Child and Family Services option (OSU)

Sociology (TCC) to 
Human Development and Family Science - Child and Family Services option (OSU)


Degree Options Available at OSU-Tulsa

  • Child and Family Services

Degree Requirements

  • 40 hours must be upper-division.
  • A 2.5 overall and major GPA are required for graduation. This includes all courses in College/Departmental, Professional Track and Major Requirements.
  • Transfer Admission Requirements: 2.0 GPA for less than 31 hours; 2.25 for 31-45 hours; 2.5 GPA for more than 45 hours.
  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU. Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; eight transfer correspondence hours.

Courses Include

*course availability varies by semester

  • Infant and Child Development
  • Adolescent Development in Family Contexts
  • Family Risk and Resilience
  • Family Life Education
  • Family Dynamics
  • Policy, Law and Advocacy
  • Research Methods
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • The Family: A World Perspective

Evening, hybrid and online courses make it easy for students to pursue a degree while working.

How Much Will it Cost?

OSU is one of the best values in the Big 12 and has lower tuition and fees than many Tulsa-area schools and online-only institutions. Students taking 15 credit hours (full time) will pay approximately $5,237.25 per semester in tuition and fees and an estimated $630 for books and supplies. (Estimates based on 2017-2018 tuition and fee charges. Books and supplies will vary based on classes taken each semester.) OSU-Tulsa offers financial aid, scholarships and tuition waivers, with several dedicated specifically to transfer students.

OSU Tuition and Fees Estimator

Possible options for Human Development and Family Science majors include:

Contact the OSU-Tulsa Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to learn more.

How Long will it Take?

Use this chart below to see how long it will take you to complete your bachelor’s degree at OSU-Tulsa if you transfer with 60 credit hours from your two-year institution. If you transfer with fewer than 60 credit hours, the number of semesters will increase accordingly.

Credit Hours/Semester Semesters (est.)
6 10
9 7
12 5
15 4

Career Paths

  • Social and Community Service Practitioners/Managers
  • Parent/Relationship Educators
  • Child Care Educators/Directors
  • Youth/Family Ministers
  • Family/Child Support Specialists

Some of these careers may require extra training or education.

Potential Employers

  • Health/Human Services
  • Developmental Clinics
  • Community Education/Service Agencies
  • Private/Corporate Child Care Programs
  • Head Start
  • Intervention Programs
  • Juvenile or Adult Probation and Parole
  • Tribal & Government Agencies
  • Parent, Family or Advocacy Centers
  • Faith-Based Organizations

Graduate Study

HDFS graduates often continue their education by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree or graduate certificate. Related graduate programs available at OSU-Tulsa include:

  • Human Development and Family Science (master's)
  • Human Sciences (doctoral)
  • Infant Mental Health (graduate certificate)

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