The Human Development and Family Science PhD is a research doctoral program designed
to promote breadth, depth and integration of knowledge in human development and family
science. Doctoral students collaborate with faculty and other graduate students on
research projects, which integrate the theoretical and empirical knowledge bases of
developmental science and family science and investigate key processes associated
with risk and resilience. Graduates develop into scholars who conduct high-quality
basic and applied research, provide relevant instruction, develop effective interventions
and contribute to the development of informed public policy that reduces risk and
enhances resilience within individuals and among families across cultures and generations.
This 72-hour doctoral program can be done straight from a bachelor’s degree or after
completing a master’s degree. The first 30 hours of the doctoral program confers an
in-flight master’s degree in developmental and family science. Students can pick either
a developmental science or family science option for advanced study.
Doctoral coursework includes:
Lifespan Development and Family Theory (6 credit hours)
Our nationally known faculty are engaged in a cross section of collaborative research
focused on risk and resilience. The department is home to the Center for Family Resilience, a community resource that translates faculty research about families. Faculty are
successful in earning external grants and contracts that often fund graduate research
Students may be eligible for tuition waivers or graduate assistantships from the department. Currently
enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of
Education and Human Sciences.