Graduate Students

Our department offers one Ph.D. doctoral concentration in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). This degree prepares students to rigorously analyze and constructively address contemporary social issues faced by diverse children, youth, families, and communities.

This degree is designed for students who aspire to careers as researchers, educators, policy developers, or professionals who develop, evaluate, and implement programs for children, families, and communities. Many of the graduates from our HDFS program pursue careers in higher education and some pursue research or policy careers outside of academia.