Human Development and Family Studies — Graduate Program
Penn State’s innovative doctoral program in Human Development and Family Studies takes a true lifespan approach to examining the complex intersection of human development and societal relationships, offering choices in core research areas, along with a rich variety of dynamic cross-cutting research themes.
Throughout your doctoral training, you’ll take a broad and deep personalized selection of courses offered by some of the world’s best developmental and family scientists — and have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and assistantships that will further develop vital critical thinking, writing, and teaching skills. As a graduate, you’ll be well positioned to become a leader in developmental and/or family science, the emerging ﬁeld of social data analytics, academia, government, or applied and policy-related research institutes, and a wide variety of other careers focused on helping others lead more productive and gratifying lives.
Students admitted to the doctoral program in HDFS have the option of pursuing a dual-title doctoral degree in 4 possible domains of specialization
- Dual-title Ph.D. in HDFS and Demography
- Dual-title Ph.D. in HDFS and Social Data Analytics
- Dual-title Ph.D. in HDFS and Social Behavioral Neuroscience
- Dual-title Ph.D. in Clinical Translational Science