The HDFS Ph.D. is a research doctoral program designed to promote breadth, depth and
integration of knowledge in HDFS. 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 able to conduct
high quality basic and applied research, to 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.
The HDFS Ph.D. program is a 72-hour doctoral program that 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:
6 hours of core Lifespan Development and Family Theory
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.