Human Development & Family Science (Ph.D.)
In the Human Development and Family Science Ph.D. program, you are enabled to gain and to demonstrate competence in acquiring, integrating, and applying:
- Substantive and theoretical knowledge of both child and family development.
- Knowledge of and skills for conducting research on individual and family development and behavior.
- Skills for engaging with individuals, families and other professionals in processes that prevent or solve problems and promote competence and well-being.
To accomplish these goals, both formal course work and practicum experiences in research, teaching, and service are required.
Students with a master's degree in HDFS or related area can apply for admission to our doctoral program. Most students who enter the Ph.D. program with a master's degree complete the doctoral program in 3-4 years. We also offer admission to our doctoral program to excellent applicants who have a B.S. in HDFS or related area.