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. Students admitted full-time to the Ph.D. program post-master's can complete this program within three years, but typically finish within four years. Doctoral students must complete 57 credits beyond the master's degree. 

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to the course requirements below, students must also complete a research internship paper (FMSC 689) 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:
FMSC601Doctoral Seminar in the Process of Inquiry1
FMSC606Ethnic Families and Health Disparities3
FMSC660Program Planning and Evaluation in Family Science3
FMSC689Research Internship3
FMSC750Family and Health Policy3
FMSC780Qualitative Methods in Family and Health Research3
FMSC810Theory in Family Systems and Family Health3
FMSC820Advanced Quantitative Methods in Family and Health Research3
FMSC850Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology3
Electives approved by Graduate Director6
FMSC879Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Seminar4
EDMS646General Linear Models I3
or EPIB651 Applied Regression Analysis
SPHL600Foundations of Public Health3
SPHL602Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics4
Doctoral Dissertation Research Requirements
FMSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits57