Family Science, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

All Ph.D. students must complete foundation coursework required for a master's degree in Family Science. At the discretion of the Department's Graduate Committee, students entering the Ph.D. program with a master's degree in a related discipline may make up deficiencies in coursework through classes taken at the beginning of the program. Doctoral students must complete 52 credits beyond the master's degree. 

Students admitted full-time to the Ph.D. program post-master's can complete this program within three years. Students with only a baccalaureate degree have the option of applying as a dual degree candidate (master's in Couple and Family Therapy, and doctorate in Family Science) requesting admission to both programs simultaneously. 

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to the course requirements below, students must also complete a research internship paper and pass a qualifying exam in order to advance to candidacy.

Post-Candidacy: Complete at least 12 credits of FMSC899 Doctoral Dissertation Research and successfully defend and submit an original dissertation.  

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
FMSC760Legal Issues & Families3
FMSC606Ethnic Families and Health Disparities3
or FMSC745 Gender and Ethnicity in Family Therapy and Service Delivery
FMSC660Program Planning and Evaluation in Family Science3
FMSC750Family and Health Policy3
SPHL600Foundations of Public Health3
FMSC780Qualitative Methods in Family and Health Research3
SPHL602Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics4
EPIB651Applied Regression Analysis3
FMSC850Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology3
FMSC810Theory in Family Systems and Family Health3
FMSC689Research Internship3
Electives approved by Graduate Director6
Doctoral Dissertation Research Requirements
FMSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits52