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Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies (PhD-HDFS)

Our primary aim with this degree is to develop in students who have already demonstrated a strong interest in family systems and/or in human development (evidenced by outstanding performance in related undergraduate and master's work at Auburn or elsewhere) a high degree of research competence. With these competencies, graduates may seek careers as primary contributors to the developing base of knowledge in the field of Human Development and Family Studies. Also essential for the successful doctoral student, we believe, is the ability to communicate that knowledge. Therefore, in addition to the core of course work that doctoral students complete, they also develop individualized competency plans, in consultation with their advisory committee, that take advantage of and build upon their prior experience in research, teaching, and public (or professional) service. The faculty believe that this competency-based approach to doctoral education results in the best prepared and most well-rounded student.

HDFS doctoral graduates have been very successful in the job market. Our graduates currently hold positions at a variety of universities including, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Texas Tech University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of New Hampshire, to name just a few. Additionally, our students have been placed in a variety of applied and research settings including, Cooperative Extension and the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC.

Ph. D. Procedural Guide

Notification of Major Professor and Doctoral Advisory Committee (pdf)

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Required Courses for Ph.D. Degree: PhD-HDFS

HDFS 6200 PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION (3)
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HDFS 6300 FAMILY AND SOCIAL POLICY (3)

HDFS 7010 DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE I: CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (3)
HDFS 7020 DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE II: ADULTHOOD AND AGING (3)
HDFS 7030 RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND PROCESS IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (3)
HDFS 7040 RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND PROCESS IN ADULTHOOD (3)
HDFS 7050 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS (3)
HDFS 7051 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS LAB (1)
HDFS 7060 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS II (3)
HDFS 7061 RESEARCH METHODS FOR HDFS II LAB (1)
HDFS 7930 SEMINAR IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (1-3)
HDFS 8050 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS I (3)
HDFS 8051 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS LAB (1)
HDFS 8060 APPLIED LONGITUDINAL METHODS IN HDFS (3)
HDFS 8061 APPLIED LONGITUDINAL METHODS IN HDFS LAB (1)
HDFS 8990 RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION (Minimum of 10)