Marriage, Family, and Human Development (Ph.D.)

School of Family Life

Program Requirements: The graduate program is designed to address the theories, research, and practices that (1) strengthen marriages, (2) enhance the development of children, and (3) unfold the characteristics of quality nurturing relationships across generations. The PhD degree in MFHD provides integrated and in-depth learning experiences in family studies and human development. It also offers the opportunity to acquire expertise in a number of different aspects of the field.

The primary focus of doctoral study is to help students become effective educators and scholars. Many graduates find professional positions in university departments related to family studies or human development. Some find positions in community settings, research organizations, or the mass media; and others choose to work in business settings. Typically from six to ten students are admitted each year to the program, with the proportion of MS and PhD degree candidates varying each year.

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Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
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