Human Sciences: Human Development and Family Science, PhD

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 60 (Beyond the Master's Degree)

  • Prerequisites: 3 hours of master's level research methods and 3 hours of master's level statistics, MS thesis or equivalent
Human Development and Family Science
HDFS 5213Lifespan Development3
HDFS 5523Family Theory3
HDFS 6113Professional Development in HDFS3
HDFS 6123Risk and Resilience in Human Development and Family Science3
Select 9 hours, at least 3 from outside of HDFS recommended) from the courses below:9
Issues in Family Science
Seminar in Human Development
Seminar in Family Science
Other courses in HDFS or related areas, subjective to committee approval
Select one of the following specializations:3
Human Development Specialization
Theory and Research: Social and Emotional Development
Family Science Specialization
Advanced Family Theory
Research Methods and Statistics
HDFS Methods
HDFS 6133Advanced Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science3
HDFS 6190Research Internship6
Select two courses from one of the following sequences (6-8 hours): 16-8
Sequence 1 (2 of the following)
Statistics for Experimenters II
Statistical Machine Learning with R
Experimental Designs
Sequence 2
Analyses of Variance
Multiple Regression Analysis in Behavioral Studies
Sequence 3 1
Quantitative Methods in Psychology I 1
Quantitative Methods in Psychology II 1
Take two 3-hour courses in advanced statistics or qualitiative/quantitative research methods (6 semester-hour minimum)6
Qualitative Track
Structural Equation Modeling for HDFS Applications
Multilevel Modeling for HDFS Applications
Applied Multivariate Research in Behavioral Studies
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Track
Theoretical Foundations of Inquiry
Qualitative Research I
Qualitative Research II
Qualitative Research Methods
Dissertation (minimum 15 hours)
Fifteen hours from:15
Doctoral Dissertation
Total Hours 160

Total hours for degree will be 62 for students choosing Sequence 3.

Graduate College Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Requirements

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