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 Empirical Research Project as well as The Doctoral Comprehensive Knowledge Portfolio.

The Ph.D. degree requires 72 hours of credit which includes 12 dissertation credits. 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. Students are also required to complete a comprehensive examination portfolio prior to advancement to candidacy.

Please note, the curriculum below is for students admitted in Spring 2019 or later.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
EDMS651General Linear Models II3
EDHD780Research Methods in Human Development3
EDHD888Apprenticeship in Human Development Research12
EDMS646General Linear Models I3
EDHD720Social Development and Socialization Processes3
EDHD721Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction3
EDHD775Human Development and Neuroscience3
EDMS elective3
Dissertation Research Requirement
EDHD899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Select one of the specializations below27
Educational Psychogy
Advanced Educational Psychology
The Development of Achievement Motivation
Developmental Science
Theoretical Foundations of Human Development
Seminar for the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture
Total Credits72