The doctoral program includes basic and applied courses, which provide broad exposure to relevant theories and research methods with in-depth specialization in FSHD, emphasis area, and encourages ongoing student involvement in research, including but not limited to the thesis and dissertation.
In addition to major coursework, a student is required to choose a minor outside of the major to enhance the student's ability to solve problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Other elements of the doctoral program are the research mentorship program, research methods and statistics courses, and the doctoral dissertation. Through the doctoral program, a student will acquire a firm foundation in theory and research methodologies relevant to their emphasis area and will also become competent in advanced statistical techniques necessary for conducting research.
Research in Family Studies and Human Development is conducted in 5 core areas. These targeted areas constitute our core domains for development of focused excellence in basic and applied research on families and human development.
For more information on the faculty who specialize in the 5 core areas of research visit: http://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/fshd/coreresearch
The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences provides instructional, research, extension and outreach programs that enable families, individual family members and consumers to achieve an optimum quality of life throughout the life span. Instructional programs prepare professionals for careers serving families and consumers in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing society.
There are two broad areas of study at Norton School, Family Studies and Human Development and Retail and Consumer Sciences. Currently we only offer a Ph.D. program in Family Studies and Human Development.
The FSHD graduate program curriculum is designed to provide broad exposure to developmental and interpersonal and family theories, to develop research skills and expertise, and to build in-depth knowledge in a content area chosen by the student.
Ph.D. Program in FSHD
Students interested in research, consulting, and/or teaching at the college level may pursue a doctoral degree with a concentration in family studies and human development. The program typically takes five years and combines advanced study in human development with family and interpersonal theories, research, and special topics.
Courses required for the Ph.D. include Analysis of Family Studies, Theories of Human Development, Foundations of Family and Interpersonal Theory, Application of Family and Interpersonal Theory, Research Methods, Statistics, and special topics seminars chosen based on student interests. Doctoral students also complete coursework in a chosen minor area.
Recent program graduates have taken positions as research scientists and professors in the fields of human development and family studies, family health, adolescent sexuality, criminal justice, psychology and anthropology.
For more information about our program, please visit our website. You may also contact the Graduate Coordinator, Linda Burkholder for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must include the following in their application:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA):
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA):
Summer Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA):
Domestic & International Applicants:
FCS requirements for the Ph.D. degree include the completion of:
Additional Graduate College requirements for the Ph.D. degree include:
Students may choose one of three ways to meet the minor area course requirements.
In consultation with their minor area advisor(s), students will take 9-12 graduate units of minor coursework as required/approved by the minor department/program (e.g., Sociology, Communication, Marketing, Psychology, Anthropology, Women’s Studies), all of which may be transfer units from prior graduate study. The rules governing the external minor are determined by the minor department/program.
FCS Thematic Minor:
In consultation with the minor area advisor(s), students may construct a thematic minor that includes 9-12 graduate units. The FCS Thematic Minor is an appropriate option when the minor is a subarea of the major and will include some FSHD/RCSC classes. What follows are examples of previous students‘ thematic minors and the coursework they completed to fulfill their thematic minor. These examples are offered as illustrations only:
The UA now offers a Multidisciplinary Minor for students who want to create a minor from courses outside of their unit (http://grad.arizona.edu/gccouncil/system/files/new%20minor.doc). The Multidisciplinary Minor is an appropriate option when students want to construct an interdisciplinary minor that is not a subarea of their major. The student’s committee approves the selection of the courses that constitute the Multidisciplinary Minor, and at least one of the instructors from the minor coursework serves on the comprehensive exam committee.