Graduates Can Prepare for the Following Careers:
- Policy development and analysis
- Non-governmental and governmental agencies
- Planners, administrators, and evaluators of services
- Advocates for families and communities
- Academic careers
We Envision Three Types of People Benefitting From Our Program
Individuals with a related master's degree (such as Master of Public Policy (MPP), Economics, Sociology) who have interests in human development and social policy-related topics from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Individuals with undergraduate or master’s degrees who are currently working in government and non-profit organizations on related policy issues who would like to pursue a Ph.D. for further career development.
Ph.D. Course Work
68 total credit hours include:
- 21 credit hours from HDSP core and advanced classes from the FCS Department
- 18 credit hours, 9 each from two specialization areas that include other departments, such as economics, sociology, political science, or psychology, or from particular cross-department themes, such as health or geospatial analyses
- 9 credit hours from allied courses
- 6 credit hours of advanced methods/statistics
- 14 (or more) doctoral dissertation research credits
- See example Ph.D. programs here
Qualifying Examination or Alternative
Students develop a project to demonstrate competency in bridging disciplinary approaches to areas of interest in Human Development and Social Policy. The student's supervisory committee evaluates this work to ensure that the student is adequately prepared to accomplish his or her dissertation research. Given the interdisciplinary and policy-relevant nature of the program, the examination may include alternatives to a traditional examination, such as a program evaluation, evaluation proposal, white paper, academic paper, grant proposal, or other professionally-relevant product.
Students are encouraged to select publication goals and formats that will serve their careers, such as:
- Peer-reviewed journal articles
- Program evaluations that would be presented at governmental or nonprofit agencies
- Research-based curriculum or training, including translational work to complement traditional research.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS NEEDS TO BE STARTED AND COMPLETED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY
FOR CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION TO FALL SEMESTER 2020
FCS Contact Information
Address Questions to:
|Graduate Director:||Jessie Fan|