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, Jessica Bee at firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applicants must include the following in their application:
Please note we do not require GRE scores and we will not review GRE scores that are sent.
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA):
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA):
Summer Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA):
Domestic & International Applicants:
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
FCS requirements for the Ph.D. degree include the completion of:
Additional Graduate College requirements for the Ph.D. degree include:
FSHD 696Z 001 – Professional Development for First Year Graduate Students (1 unit)
FSHD 696Z 002 - Professional Development for Advanced PhD Students (3 units)
FSHD 546 – Foundations of Family and Interpersonal Theory (3 units)
FSHD 567 – Theories of Human Development (3 units)
FSHD 507a – Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development (3 units)
Quantitative Analysis/Additional Research Methods (4 courses/12 units)
Class offerings: EDP 541, PSYC 510, FSHD 537A, EDP 641, FSHD 537B, PSYC 507A/597A, ANTH 595D, EDP 646a, FSHD 617C, FSHD 617A, EDP 558
Topics in Core Areas of Family Studies and Human Development (3 courses/9 units)
FSHD 601 Topics in Adolescent Health and Development
FSHD 602 Topics in Family, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being
FSHD 603 Topics in Social and Psychobiological Development in Childhood
FSHD 604 Topics in Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
FSHD 605 Topics in Applied Developmental Science
FSHD 607 Topics in Family Studies and Human Development
Research (6 units with primary professor)
FSHD 910 – thesis research units
Minor (3-4 courses/9-12 units)
Typical emphasis areas include COMM, PSY, ED P, SOC, and ANTHRO. Students may also opt for an FCS Thematic Minor
FSHD 600 – Professional Development for Advanced PhD Students (3 units)
FSHD 799a (6 units)
FSHD 920 (18 units)
FSHD 900 (3 units)
See required coursework
See required coursework
All PhD students are required to complete a Minor area of study. Students may choose one of the following two ways to meet the minor area 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, including the minor written comprehensive exam, are determined by the minor department/program. The minor area advisor must also participate in the student’s oral comprehensive exam.
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 classes. Students who pursue an FCS Thematic Minor in Statistics (our “in-house” Statistics Minor) are permitted to apply their 5th stats/methods course taken in fulfillment of the major degree (the “one additional approved methods/statistics course”) toward fulfillment of their minor requirements as well. In addition, students who complete FSHD 601-607 courses in the context of an FCS Thematic Minor are permitted to apply those classes toward the fulfillment of the Topics in Core Areas of FSHD requirement as well.
Students entering with a Master’s degree have the option of doing an FCS thematic minor that includes one or more classes transferred from their Master’s program. In this case, the student is not required to have a minor advisor. Instead, their major advisor can serve in both capacities and is responsible for testing both major and minor areas of content during the Oral Comprehensive Exam.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.