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 Human Development and Social Policy Graduate Program

Due to Covid-19 GRE scores are not mandatory for application to the FCS

Graduate/Ph.d Programs for Fall 2021 


Why Should I Enroll in Human Development and Social Policy Graduate Program at the University of Utah?

The Department of Family and Consumer Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to Human Development and Social Policy.

Important societal challenges cannot be understood or solved by relying on one traditional academic discipline. Issues like healthy child development, safe neighborhoods, or poverty alleviation, require combined disciplinary strengths. With this approach, faculty can focus on families and communities in natural settings, and addresses policies or practices that are important to quality of life.

 The Human Development and Social Policy program offers the following strengths:

  • Faculty represent many disciplines--human development and family studies, economics, sociology, demography, planning, and psychology--to allow students to benefit from a broad curriculum
  • Faculty work in collaborative groups to develop curriculum, research, and policies to formulate solutions to today's societal challenges
  • Faculty have won university-wide awards in the areas of teaching, research, and service
  • Our faculty exceed the average of our peer institutions in terms of academic productivity for journal articles, grants, and books authored.
  • Our graduate students compete successfully for a diverse array of financial support awards
  • Our graduate students have pursued academic or applied careers that enable them to focus on quality of life improvements for individuals, consumers, families, and communities
  • Advanced graduate students have opportunities to teach courses in the department and some have become some of our best long-term instructors

Graduate students can also earn an optional graduate certificate from the University of Utah in conjunction with their degree in Human Development & Social Policy by completing additional requirements.

Certificates are available in:

Disability Studies

graduate student handbook

THE APPLICATION PROCESS NEEDS TO BE STARTED AND COMPLETED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 1, 2020                                                            FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION TO FALL SEMESTER 2020                                                                                                                                        CLICK HERE TO START THE APPLICATION PROCESS

FCS Contact Information:

Address Questions to:

Graduate Director:  Jessie Fan
Phone:  801-581-4170


CSBS Graduate Fellowships

Please consider applying for fellowships offered directly through the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

Scholarship applications are now available.



Last Updated: 10/13/20