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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

M.A. - Thesis Track

Welcome to Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Our program is designed to prepare you for a profession that supports the healthy development of children, youth, and families. Eliot-Pearson faculty and students use a strengths-based approach in our research, practice, and teaching. We value diversity and are committed to pursuing equity and justice in our work and in the world.

In the thesis track of the master's program, students participate in faculty research labs and projects. They attend research meetings, conduct literature reviews, locate subjects, collect data, analyze data, and write up research reports, articles and books for publication. There are often opportunities to guide a research proposal through the IRB process and gain grant proposal writing skills. Some master's students end up directing a study of their own. For further information about research opportunities, see Faculty Profiles and Research.