Graduate Program

Application Procedures

Apply Online

Thank you for your interest in our Graduate Programs. Please Visit our online application to apply. The application deadline for each Fall is January 2nd.

Submit Application Materials

After submitting the first component of your online application and paying your application fee, you will be asked to submit your supporting materials to finalize the application. Please note the supporting materials submitted through the online application above will be provided to our Department.

  • Your CV or Resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to access the applicant’s potential from graduate studies.
  • To submit official transcripts, contact your previous institutions to request they submit official transcripts to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).
  • To submit test scores, contact the testing agency to request that scores be sent to Colorado State University (use institution code 4075).
  • Recommended academic writing sample (e.g., undergraduate thesis, manuscript, outstanding research paper, etc...)
  • For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:
         Graduate Admissions
         Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
         1062 Campus Delivery
         Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View the status of your application at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or check on updates.

Application Deadlines

Graduate Program

Our application must be received by the HDFS department by January 2 in order for the applicant to be considered for admission the following Fall. This application will be used to assign assistantships/Fellowships. No additional application is required

Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to all graduate programs are:

  1. Meet the University and Graduate School minimum requirements for admission
  2. BS or BA degree with appropriate background in Human Development and Family Studies or a related field (see below for prerequisite coursework), with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (B) or higher.
  3. For nonnative speakers of English, a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version), or 80 (internet version).
  4. Course work in human development (minimum of two courses required with A or B), family studies (minimum of one course required with A or B), and statistics (minimum of one course required with an A or B). Additional course work in research methods is recommended. If a student is deficient in any of these three areas, additional course work will be required before entry into the program is permitted. However, prospective students may apply even if they need any additional coursework. Should such students be accepted their acceptance will be contingent on successful completion of needed coursework.
    • Although only a BS/BA degree is required, students who have Master’s degrees also can apply to the ADS program. For those who already have a MS or MA degree, a research thesis or comparable research project is required for the ADS program. As part of their application form, applicants are advised to include a synopsis of their thesis. If the applicant did not complete a research thesis as part of the Master’s degree requirements, or if the degree was not in a related field, a first-year research project will be required as part of the Ph.D. in ADS.
    • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination. Current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores at the 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative tests, and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing test.

International Student Applications:

Application procedures are similar to those for U.S. citizens or permanent resident students. The following materials must be sent directly to the HDFS department:

  1. An official transcript of all collegiate work completed along with a certified translation into English.
  2. Certified proof for financial support along with the GS Form 3F.
  3. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Track III Admissions are not required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS exam.
  4. A statement of purpose.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Official GRE Scores

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Finalists for admission into the MFT program will be asked to interview with departmental faculty during February. Applicants must cover their own transportation expenses. The department can provide lodging if desired.

For questions regarding the Department Application, contact the HDFS Graduate Program Chair, Dr. Nathaniel Riggs, or our Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Dr. Aimee Kleisner Walker email at or at (970) 491-2684.

For more information on the Graduate School requirements, applicants should consult the Graduate and Professional Bulletin. The Bulletin is available from the Colorado State University Graduate School office at (970) 491-6817.