Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes
This PhD program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to preparing students for college and university teaching and research, as well as the development and evaluation of programs that seek to expand equity in opportunities and outcomes for children, youth, and families.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver
Our program helps to prepare scholars to define problems and conduct research that informs programs and policies aimed at promoting the health and well-being of individuals and families, with a focus on historically marginalized individuals and families. To do so, we ground our work in family diversity and take a systems approach to examining problems faced by children, youth, and families in contemporary society.
Students in this program will:
Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development Program of Study
Students trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare them for excellence in their 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 & 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.
Program of Study
Students complete a plan of study that includes 48 semester credits of coursework and 27 semester credits of dissertation. PhD coursework is intensive and substantive, requiring significant writing, analysis, and critique of theory and professional literature. All students in the Family Science and Human Development concentration take 12 credits in foundational courses, 3 credits in professional seminars, 18 credits in research methods courses, and 15 credits in concentration area courses (including one elective). Students also complete a research apprenticeship and higher education teaching practicum or equivalent experience.
The curriculum includes a combination of on-campus, hybrid, remote, and online courses each semester. Every student must be available to attend on-campus courses each semester.
Recommended Completion Time:4 to 8 years
Required Credits for Completion:75 Credits
The core course rotation begins every fall. We require potential applicants to meet with a faculty advisor in a specified concentration area, who conducts research in an applicant’s area of interest, prior to submitting an application. This ensures applicants have an opportunity to discuss their research areas of interest, as well as an opportunity to introduce themselves to faculty and learn about faculty research areas. The financial support provided to PhD students is also often tied to faculty grants and contracts so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.
For more information, email Jorge Chavez.
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 & 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.