You are enabled to gain and to demonstrate competence in acquiring, integrating, and applying:
- Substantive and theoretical knowledge of both child and family development.
- Knowledge of and skills for conducting research on individual and family development and behavior.
- Skills for engaging with individuals, families and other professionals in processes that prevent or solve problems and promote competence and well-being.
To accomplish these goals, both formal course work and practicum experiences in research, teaching, and service are required. These are described in the doctoral handbook.
Students with a master's degree in HDFS or related area can apply for admission to our doctoral program. Most students who enter the Ph.D. program with a master's degree complete the doctoral program in 3-4 years.
We also offer admission to our doctoral program to excellent applicants who have a B.S. in HDFS or related area. Students who apply for the Accelerated MS to PhD program have excellent GPA and GRE scores, stellar letters of recommendation, some research experience at the undergraduate level, and a clearly articulated goal to obtain a Ph.D. These students are required to complete the master's degree within two years of admission. Most students entering the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree complete the doctorate in 5 years.
We also offer a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
|Liu, Sihong||2020||Postdoctoral Fellow||University of Oregon||OR|
|Anderson, Leslie (MFT)||2020||Assistant Professor, School of Child and Family Sciences||University of Southern Mississippi||MS|
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
|Converse College in South Carolina||SC|
|Duprey, Erinn||2019||Postdoctoral Fellow||University of Rochester-Medical School and Mt. Hope Family Center||NY|
|Armes, Stephanie (MFT)||2019||Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy; Director of Internship||Seattle Pacific University||WA|
|Oed, Megan (MFT)||2018||Professor of Human Services||Ivy Tech Community College||IN|
|Richardson, Shaquinta (MFT)||2018||
Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Program
|Ross, Donald (MFT)||2017||Assistant Professor||University of Kentucky||KY|
|Spivey Young, Savannah||2016||Ethnographic Researcher||Point Forward, Inc||CA|
|Mallette, Jacquelyn||2016||Assistant Professor||East Carolina University||NC|
HDFS Doctoral Timeline
Advisory Committee: Connect with a temporary advisor, decide on a primary mentor/advisor, and select Advisory Committee
2nd Year Project Due
Direct to PhD
Apply for MS graduation (due early Spring), submit MS Program of Study, submit Announcement of MS Thesis Defense two weeks before exam, submit MS portfolio with Portfolio Approval form, submit MS Approval of Thesis and Oral Exam, submit Electronic Dissertation (ETD)
Submit Program of Study and Announcement of Doctoral Exam, due two weeks before Oral Comp Exam. Complete Advance to Candidacy form once Comp is passed.
Decide on Prospectus (at least 4 months before defense) Prospectus/Proposal
Submit portfolio to Graduate Coordinator Assistant, Portfolio Approval Form
Submit Format Check. Announcement of Doctoral defense, due two weeks before Defense. Submit PhD Approval form for Doctoral Dissertation and Final Exam in Grad Status. Submit Electronic Dissertation (ETD) in Grad Status
Apply to Graduate in Athena the semester before you plan to graduate