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Human Development & Family Science

Prepare to work in counseling or with organizations to enhance the human condition by improving individual and family well-being and impacting the development of consumer goods.

Human Development & Family Science – B.S. in Human Development & Family Science, Human Development & Family Science Emphasis

The Human Development & Family Science option at Montana State is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers working with individuals and families, spanning from counseling to social services. Human Development & Family Science students who have completed the degree are able to apply for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator, or can go onto graduate study in counseling or social work.

The Human Development & Family Science major at Montana State offers one additional Option Within a Major: Family & Consumer Sciences Education. The Human Development & Family Science program also has three additional minors: Human Development, Personal & Consumer Finance and Family & Consumer Sciences Education (Teaching).



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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Human Development & Family Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Financial Counseling
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Faith-Based Organizations

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.