Human Development & Family Studies, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development & Family Studies


The HDFS doctoral program prepares students to be researchers, educators, policy developers, or professionals who develop, evaluate, and implement programs for children, families, and communities. Those entering the doctoral program without a master's degree will complete one within their first two years in the doctoral program. Students entering with a non-thesis master's will be required to complete a "thesis equivalency" paper within the first two years of their doctoral program. Requirements for the Ph.D. include 64 graduate hours beyond the M.S. degree, completion of the written qualifying examination, defense of the written dissertation proposal, and a final thesis defense upon completion of the dissertation. Doctoral students may also complete a supporting program in "applied HDFS." This 16 graduate hour option includes 4 hours in program development or policy studies, 4 hours in program evaluation, and two 4 hour internships. The applied optional supporting program prepares students to enter careers in administration, human services, social policy, international aid agencies, and government, as well as traditional careers in teaching and research.

Theory Courses12
Human Development Theories
Family Theories
Community In American Society
Substantive Courses
Select four of the following:8-16
Social-Emotional Development
Advanced Adolescence
Ethnic Families
Family Interaction
Intimate Partner Violence
Family Resiliency
Parenting
Gender & Sexuality
Neighborhoods and Human Dev
Youth, Culture and Society
Ethnography Urban Communities
Gender Relations & Intl Dev
Quantitative Methods12
Advanced Research Methods
Intermed Statistical Analysis
an advanced statistics course
Qualitative Methods8
Qualitative Methods
Professional Development24
Professional Development
Thesis Research
Elective Courses (required hours depend upon content of M.S. degree)0-16
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
MS equivalent, or student will earn MS in first two years of PhD program
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75