The accelerated sequence leads to a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) and the M.S. degree in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences (AHDFS). Students who want to complete this program must meet with the advisor for Human Development and Family Sciences - Family Relations, Prevention, and Wellness (HDFS-FRPW) to declare as a major who will complete the 3+2 program. This program is open to all undergraduates who major in HDFS-FRPW in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and will have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work, including all requirements for the Human Development and Family Sciences B.S. degree, as well as all general education requirements, with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Students who have met these standards in their B.S. degree in HDFS are eligible to apply for admission to NIU’s Applied Human Development and Family Sciences program. All application requirements listed on the AHDFS Program and NIU Graduate School website must be met by the specified deadlines.
Students must complete all the requirements of FRPW major of the Human Development and Family Sciences B.S. degree as well as all general education requirements prior to beginning the AHDFS program. Students accepted into the Applied Human Development and Family Sciences program will matriculate in the AHDFS program during the fall semester of their senior year. Up to 12 credit hours of AHDFS coursework will count toward the final credits of the undergraduate degree.