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Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Human Development

What is the Degree about?

The PhD in Family and Human Development provides strong integrative training in theory, research methods, and statistics relevant to Family Relations and Human Development. Doctoral students develop their primary (either Family Relations or Human Development) and secondary (either Family Relations or Human Development) emphases by their choices of elective coursework and the dissertation.

Most of our Ph.D. graduates are currently teaching and/or conducting research at the university level. Some are employed at research organizations or in research extension positions.

Degree Requirements

Students who have completed a master’s degree and who are pursuing a Ph.D. (Post-M.S. Ph.D. students) complete the common 35-hour core in Family and Human Development, which includes a minimum of 14 credits for dissertation research. Additionally, post-M.S. Ph.D. students must complete 15 credits in their area of concentration and 12 elective credits (total = 62 credits).

Post-B.S. Ph.D. students complete the common 53-hour core in Family and Human Development, which includes a minimum of 14 credits for dissertation research. Additionally, post-B.S. Ph.D. students must complete 15 credits in the area of concentration and 15 elective credits (total = 83 credits).