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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in human development at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) prepares students for successful careers and lifelong learning in the growing field of human development. This interdisciplinary degree focuses on phases of the life span as well as the theory, research and application of human development.

Program Options

Students seeking a BA in human development choose from the following concentrations:

• Early childhood education (licensure)

• Elementary education (licensure)

• Applied human development

• Gerontology

• Graduate school




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Psychology delivers the academic rigor you expect in a BA degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and Denver’s human development community. Students here have the advantage of the following distinctive opportunities:

• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse campus located in the heart of downtown Denver, where you can easily connect to the city’s community of psychologists.

• Benefit from an array of class formats and diverse, experienced faculty, including published authors and researchers, who are eager to provide hands-on advising and dedicated mentoring.

• Learn in the Plaza, which houses modern accommodations that include a computer lab, observation rooms, state-of-the-art media equipment and meetings spaces.

• Join student organizations such as Psi Chi, the Research Club, the Developmental Psychology Club, the Clinical and Counseling Club and the Psychology Journal Club.

• Participate in field experience to make connections among theory, research and practice and to jump-start your professional career.

• Serve as a teaching assistant in a course you’ve excelled in, working closely with a faculty mentor to learn how to teach based on the science of learning.

• Complete independent research projects under a faculty member’s supervision, and present your work at local, regional and national academic and professional conferences.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

The demand for well-qualified employees trained in psychology is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the current decade. A degree in human development provides a strong foundation for a varied set of careers. Depending on their chosen concentration, graduates of our program will be prepared to work with diverse populations that include children, families and the elderly and can find work with social service agencies, in the gerontology field or as teachers. Our graduates are also prepared to compete successfully for positions in masters and doctoral-level graduate programs.

Hear from our students:

“The courses in human development provide a breadth of knowledge in an array of developmental domains and give you experience with conducting research, scientific writing and presenting research. MSU Denver also has many opportunities for extracurricular research and development—such as research assistantships, independent research and clubs—that are not often offered to undergraduates at larger universities.”

—Kristin Broussard (BA in human development 2013)

Alumni at Work

Sample occupations of MSU Denver’s recent human development graduates include:

• Denver Public Schools, elementary school teacher

• Excelsior Youth Center (EYC), counselor

• Carmel Community Living Corporation, case manager

• Touchstone Health Partners, therapist

• Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, family advocate

• Jefferson County Human Services, grant coordinator


In addition, our graduates have been accepted into post-graduate programs including:

• Human Development PhD, Colorado State University

• Child Clinical Psychology PhD, University of Denver

• Counseling MA, Northeastern University

• Counseling PhD, University of Denver

• Counseling MA, Colorado Christian University

Sample Classes

We offer a rich array of special-interest courses, including interdisciplinary offerings and courses cross-listed with women’s and intercultural studies. Some popular classes include:

Psychology of Social Development

Cognitive Development and Learning

Psychology of Human Development

Developmental Research Methods


Psychology of Adolescence

Child Psychology

Senior Thesis

Program Accreditation

The degree programs in the Department of Psychology at MSU Denver are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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