Human Development, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 72 credits, including 12 credits of EDHD899. Students can specialize in either Educational Psychology or Developmental Science, and must complete an Independent Emprical Research Project as well as The Doctoral Comprehensive Knowledge Portfolio.

Courses in biological, social, and cognitive development and in intermediate statistics and research methods are required. Students also receive credit for research experiences. Slight modifications of these requirements characterize the Specializations in Educational Psychology and Developmental Sciences.

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to coursework requirements, students must complete an independent empirical research project as well as successfully complete a comprehensive examination portfolio.

Post-Candidacy: Students must complete at least 12 credits of 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research and successfully defend and submit an original dissertation. 

Course Title Credits
Required courses
EDMS646General Linear Models I3
EDMS651General Linear Models II3
EDMS elective3
EDHD780Research Methods in Human Development3
EDHD888Apprenticeship in Human Development Research3-12
Dissertation Research Requirement
EDHD899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Core Electives (Choose three from the following courses)9
Social Development and Socialization Processes
Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction
Advanced Educational Psychology
Human Development and Neuroscience
Select one of the specializations below
Educational Psychology
The Development of Achievement Motivation
Developmental Science
Theoretical Foundations of Human Development

 Any EDHD course of 600-level or higher is automatically eligible to be counted as an EDHD elective course. Any EDMS course of 600-level or higher is automatically eligible to be counted as a non-EDHD elective course. Any other 600-level or higher courses must be approved by the program’s DGS.

Students taking more than 4 years to finish can reserve dissertation credits for their final year, and take additional EDHD898 credits.