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Join our close-knit community of academics working together to solve the issues that impact the world. Get started by connecting with our Graduate Program Administrative Coordinator, who can discuss first steps on beginning your graduate program here at the Norton School!

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Graduate Program in Family Studies & Human Development

 

 

If you’re research-oriented and interested in pursuing college-level instruction, consider earning your Ph.D. in Family Studies & Human Development. The five-year doctoral program is designed to enrich knowledge in developmental, interpersonal and family theories while developing research skills and in-depth knowledge within a specialized content area chosen by the student.

Topics of Study

  • Family Studies
  • Human Development
  • Family and Interpersonal Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Marginalized Families and Individuals
  • Latinx Families
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Program Benefits

  • Work with professors involved in cutting-edge research, and with respected teaching reputations and successful grant histories
  • Regular colloquium series featuring leading researchers in the field
  • Grants to support thesis and dissertation research
  • Strong record of fully supporting students on funded research or teaching assistantships
  • Opportunities to author research in publications and presentations
  • Excellent career placement record
  • Financial support to attend national conferences and conduct research
  • Leadership opportunities through student roundtables and participation in faculty meetings and committees

Research Opportunities

The doctoral program follows an apprenticeship model in which students work closely with faculty mentors. Faculty and students conduct research in FSHD’s core research areas. The department’s active research initiatives are supported by the Frances McClelland Institute. Learn more about our core research areas and find more information on our world-class faculty.

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Graduate Program Requirements

  • Completion of master’s degree with an empirical master’s thesis
  • Completion of pre-candidacy meeting during which faculty considers the student’s suitability for continuation in the Ph.D. program
  • Written and oral comprehensive exams covering the major and minor emphasis areas of study dissertation
  • 72 units in the major area and 9 units in the minor area, including eligible transfer courses approved by the major or minor department
  • Note: The program does not provide training or coursework in counseling, therapy or diagnosis of clinical disorders. The master's and doctoral programs do not lead to licensure as a mental health professional.

Career Options 

Recent program graduates have taken positions as research scientists and professors in the fields of human development and family studies, family health, adolescent sexuality, criminal justice, psychology and anthropology. 

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Your Ph.D. Path Begins Here

Join our close-knit community of academics working together to solve the issues that impact the world. Get started by connecting with our Graduate Program Administrative Coordinator, who can discuss first steps on beginning your graduate program here at the Norton School!

Learn more about the program  Make an appointment