Doctor of Philosophy in Family Studies
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours above the bachelor’s degree, including 6 semester credit hours for dissertation. 30 of the 90 hours must be research courses. Consult with advisor for approved research courses.
No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Family Sciences. If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any Family Sciences graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Students must submit a degree plan which follows the degree requirements listed below. The degree plan should be developed in collaboration with the student's advisor and committee, and it should be filed after the student has completed 18 hours of course work.
The Department of Family Sciences requires students to complete 12 hours of research tools. The department has a list of courses that meet the research tool requirement, and these courses are part of the degree requirements listed below. They are also included in the 30 hours of research focused course work required by the Graduate School.
All doctoral students in Family Studies are required to attend at least 3 professional seminars each calendar year.
The Department of Family Sciences administers a qualifying exam for each student prior to admission to candidacy. The student must complete the required research tools before being eligible to take the exam. Students may opt to take the qualifying exam in their last or second-to-last semester of course work. In no case may a student be excused from the qualifying exam, and students may not register for dissertation hours (FS 6983 and FS 6993) until they have successfully passed the exam and have been admitted to candidacy. The qualifying exam may only be repeated once. Students who fail two attempts at the qualifying exam will be dismissed from the program.
A comprehensive oral examination will include a defense of the dissertation and the research on which it is based. The final examination may only be repeated one time.
|Master's degree in Family Studies or a related field and coursework equivalent to the following:|
|Lifespan Human Development (*)|
|Theories of the Family (*)|
|Statistics for Family Sciences|
|Research Methods in Family Sciences|
|Doctoral Core (12 hours)|
|FS 6003||Advanced Study of the Lifespan (*)||3|
|FS 6403||Theory Building in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6443||Research and Issues in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6593||Practicum in Family Sciences (*) offered in Spring||3|
|Research (24 hours)|
|FS 6193||Advanced Statistics for Family Sciences (Prerequisite: FS 5193 or equivalent master's level statistic course)||3|
|FS 6203||Frameworks and Ethics for Qualitative Research in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6433||Grants Writing in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6693||Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences (Prerequisites: A master's level research methods course and a graduate-level statistics course)||3|
|FS 6793||Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Family Sciences (Prerequisite: FS 6203)||3|
|FS 6893||Multivariate Statistics (Prerequisites: FS 5193 or equivalent master's level statistics course, FS 6193 or equivalent doctoral level statistics course, and familiarity with SPSS )||3|
|Professional Competencies (9 hours)|
|FS 6303||Academic Life and Scholarship||3|
|FS 6343||Effective College Teaching Methods||3|
|FS 6863||Family Financial Counseling||3|
|Content Specialization (21 hours)|
|Select 21 semester credit hours from the following:||21|
|Family Sexuality (*)|
|Families as Consumers|
|Family Changes and Diversity (*)|
|Communication in Marriage and Family (*)|
|Adolescents Development Within the Family|
|Gender Role Development|
|Parenting Education (*)|
|Aging in Families and Society|
|Leadership and Staff Development in Family Sciences Programs|
|Housing and Families|
|Time Management for Families|
|Families and Public Policy (*)|
|Family Economics (*)|
|Teaching Family Sciences (*)|
|Family of Origin|
No more than 42 semester credit hours of online coursework will count toward the doctoral degree.