Human Development and Family Science (Ph.D.)

Norton School of Human Ecology

The graduate program offers a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS). For specific program requirements and information, please see the HDFS Graduate Program Handbook. You can also download our Checklist for Plan of Study.  See also the HDFS Graduate Minor Handbook.

We admit graduate students whose goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, which typically takes at least five years of full-time study to complete. We do not provide training in counseling or clinical skills.

The HDFS graduate program curriculum is designed to provide broad exposure to developmental and interpersonal and family theories, to develop research skills and expertise, and to build in-depth knowledge in a content area chosen by the student.

Students interested in research, consulting, and/or teaching at the college level may pursue a doctoral degree with a concentration in family studies and human development. The program typically takes five years and combines advanced study in human development with family and interpersonal theories, research, and special topics.

Recent program graduates have taken positions as research scientists and professors in the fields of human development and family studies, family health, adolescent sexuality, criminal justice, psychology and anthropology.

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Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
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