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Human Development and Family Sciences

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies

AW - College of Education & Human Development

Ph.D. Program of Study

This Ph.D. program prepares students for careers as professors, researchers and scholars in the field of Human Development and Family Studies. Students may complete a Ph.D. through a program of coursework, research, field experiences and theories. Coursework is designed to provide a strong background in the theoretical and empirical knowledge of family studies, human development and research methods. Training in applied research and service learning experiences are integrated in the curriculum.

This program requires a minimum of 72 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree or a minimum of 42 credits for students entering with a master’s degree.  Core requirements are listed below.  Students should consult with their advisor about courses to fulfill their area of emphasis.

Program Requirements

HDFS 601  Theories of Human Development 3
HDFS 803  Human Development in Life Span Perspective 3
HDFS 815 (HDFS 615)  Research Issues and Designs 3
EDUC 856  Introduction to Statistical Inference 3
EDUC 812  Regression and Structural Equation Modeling 3
600/800 level  Qualitative or Quantitative Methods 3
HDFS 621  Family Studies I: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives 3
HDFS 855  Family Studies II: Analysis and Critical Issues 3
600/800 level  Courses in Area of Emphasis* 9
HDFS 969  Dissertation 9
42 credits

* The Area of Emphasis is selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and committee.

Additional information:


Dr. Jason Hustedt, Graduate Coordinator

Department of Human Development & Family Sciences •  111 Alison Hall West •  Newark, DE 19716 •  USA • Phone: 302-831-6500 Fax: 302-831-8776 E-mail: hdfs-dept@udel.edu   © 2014