Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Family Science and Human Development

PhD

Understanding diversity among families in the United States and around the globe is critical to lead for social justice, equity and excellence for all. CU Denver's PhD with a concentration in family science and human development focuses on family diversity and social justice and prepares you for cutting-edge research and university teaching positions.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 4 to 8 years Credits required for completion: 75 Minimum education level: Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution Application deadline: December 1st

The Details

What you'll learn

Understanding diversity among families in the United States and around the globe is critical to lead for social justice, equity and excellence for all in the quality of their lives, their schooling and the health of their communities. The field of family science and human development across the life span takes a systems approach to all programs we face in contemporary society. University of Colorado Denver's PhD in Education and Human Development with a concentration in family science and human development, focuses on family diversity and social justice and prepares you for cutting-edge research and teaching in a university, college or a research organization.

Students in this concentration area will:

  • Critically examine and understand family science within an ecological life span development framework.
  • Become expert on the theoretical and inquiry-based literature in family science and human development.
  • Integrate the importance of family diversity—including race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability and language—into work in education and community contexts.
  • Work on context-sensitive policy and practice solutions to society's most meaningful problems.

A great strength of the program is the diversity of our students and their dedication to diverse families, family policy and practice, and strengths-based culturally and linguistically proficient research.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a faculty member or researcher. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Courses

The 75-credit program begins each fall.

Admissions Requirements

The PhD in Education and Human Development, family science and human development concentration, is a four to eight-year hybrid program with the following application requirements:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Strong interest in pursuing rigorous research
  • Written Statement of Purpose
    • Discuss your research goals and a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your research would fit within this concentration area.
    • Your purpose in pursuing the PhD
    • A brief sketch of your future career goals
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • GRE scores within the last five years
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Interview

Upon examination of an applicant's materials, the admission committee will have the prerogative to require additional courses or experiences to ensure that an individual has the necessary background to move successfully into the program requirements.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.