Human Development (online) (EDHO)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Education


The Online Master of Education Program curriculum is designed to respond to developmental and motivational challenges faced by teachers and other professionals who work with children and adolescents in education settings. This is not a certification program. The program uses a cohort model. Each fall a new cohort of students begins the program, which runs for two years, including one summer semester. To graduate students must successfully complete 30 credits of study and a seminar paper. Classes are held synchronously in the evenings online.


Students requesting consideration for Financial Aid, in addition to completing the financial aid form found in the Graduate Admissions application, must submit their application by the priority deadline. All students who submit their application by December 8, 2021 (domestic) and December 1 (international) will automatically be reviewed for any departmental aid. University fellowships and Departmental assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis -- more students are admitted than can be awarded funding. In recent years, only students with undergraduate GPA’s of 3.6, outstanding research experience, and strong letters of recommendation from academic references have been successful in obtaining Recruitment Fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School and graduate assistantships in the Department.

First priority for Departmental assistantships goes to students already admitted to the Department who have been assured financial assistance for the full course of their study. Almost all awards of fellowships and assistantships are based on previous academic performance, with little attention to need. In addition, some faculty have external grants which provide support for graduate students. Students who do not receive a fellowship or assistantship from the Department may contact the University Financial Aid office at 301-314-9000 for information about other sources of financial support.


Jannitta Graham
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
3304 Benjamin Building
3942 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.8432
Fax: 301.405.2891

Website: for the HDQM department. For the Human Development program:
Courses: EDHD EDMS

Relationships: Neurosciences and Cognitive Science (NACS)


  • Non-refundable $75 application fee*
  • Complete a graduate student on-line application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcript(s): Scanned transcripts showing receipt of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0scale). If you have international credentials, please provide transcript in original language with English translation, diploma and certificate. 
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Note: Official transcripts are required by the Graduate School for the final admission decision. If accepted into the University and program, applicants must send official, sealed undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (with 9 credits or more).


  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume (required)


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents TBD TBD
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants TBD TBD


Program Website:
Application Process:

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Alexander Patricia A. Full Member B.A., Bethel College-McKenzie, 1970; M.Ed., James Madison University, 1979; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 1981. Distinguished University Professor, Human Development
Bolger Donald J. Full Member B.A., University of Massachusetts, 1998; M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2002; Ph.D., 2006. Associate Professor, Human Development
Assistant Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Butler Lucas Full Member A.B., Harvard University, 2005; M.A., Stanford University, 2009; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2012 Associate Professor, Human Development
Assistant Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Cabrera Natasha J. Full Member B.Sc. University of Toronto, 1985; M.A., 1989; Ph.D, University of Denver, 1995. Professor, Human Development
Corbin Christy T. Adjunct Member B.A., Connecticut College, 1980; M.S., East Carolina University-Greenville, 1984; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 1996. Clinical Professor, Human Development
Cosso Jimena Full Member B.A., National University of La Plata, Argentina, 2010, M.A., New York University, 2016, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2022. Assistant Professor, Human Development
Fox Nathan A. Full Member A.B., Williams College, 1970; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975. Distinguished University Professor, Human Development
Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Gibson Stephen Full Member B.S., North Carolina Central University, 2016, M.S., North Carolina State University, 2019, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2024. Assistant Professor, Human Development
Hurley Megan M. Adjunct Member B.S., Ithaca College, 1991; M.A. The Pennsylvania State University, 1993; Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, 1998 University Affiliate, Human Development
Jones Harden Brenda P. Full Member B.A., Fordham University, 1979;M.S.W., New York University, 1980; M.S., Yale University, 1991; Ph.D., 1996. Professor Emerita, Human Development
Killen Melanie A. Full Member B.A., Clark University, 1978; M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1981; Ph.D.,1985. Professor, Human Development
Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Klein Elisa L. Full Member B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1975; M.S., Pennsylvania State University-University Park, 1977; Ph.D., 1980. Associate Professor Emerita, Human Development
Lombardi Doug Full Member B.S., University of Colorado, 1987; M.S., University of Tennessee, 1996; M.S., University of Tennessee, 2000; Ph.D., University of Las Vegas, 2012 Professor, Human Development
Prather Richard Full Member S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009 Associate Professor, Human Development
Assistant Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Ramani Geetha Full Member B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1998; M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2002; Ph.D., 2005. Professor, Human Development
Romeo Rachel Full Member B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2011; M.Sc., University College London, ; Ph.D., Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018 Assistant Professor, Human Development
Rubin Kenneth H. Full Member B.A., McGill University-Montreal, 1968; M.S.,Pennsylvania State University-University Park, 1969; Ph.D., 1971. Professor, Neurosciences and Cognitive Science
Professor Emeritus, Human Development
Wang Min Full Member B.S., Hangzhou University, P.R. China, 1987; M.A., 1990; Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2000. Professor, Human Development
Wentzel Kathryn R. Full Member B.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1982; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1987. Professor Emerita, Human Development
Wigfield Allan L. Full Member B.S., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1974; M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1982. Professor Emeritus, Human Development

The Washington, D.C. area and the University of Maryland are rich in resources for graduate study in human development. The faculty of the Department is multi-disciplinary, representing the broad range of developmental sciences, educational psychology, and related fields. There are programs of funded research, field service programs, and internship experiences available in cooperation with agencies and schools. The Department sponsors the Center for the Study of Children, Relationships, and Culture and manages the on-campus Center for Young Children. Faculty in the department make use of the research facilities at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center and Maryland Language Science Center. Students in the College of Education have access to the latest technology through Educational Technology Services.