MSU awards first master's in human development

MSU awards first master
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The first Mississippi State University student to complete degree requirements for a Master of Science in human development and family studies has graduated from the School of Human Sciences.

Kirsten Ferrell of Horn Lake, Mississippi, received her diploma in August and began working with The Early Years Network. She now trains early child care and preschool teachers in northwest Mississippi.

MSU launched the master's program in human development and family studies in the fall of 2012 and the doctoral program in 2013. At present, 19 master's students and 12 doctoral students are enrolled in these graduate programs.

For more information, please visit the department website at or contact graduate coordinator Tommy Phillips at 662-325-0655 or

Dated: 9/5/2014