The Ph.D. program in Applied Developmental Science (ADS) emphasizes how basic research in human development can inform programs designed to prevent problems and enhance well-being across the lifespan. Students gain knowledge in lifespan human development theory, basic and applied research skills, and the translation of science into practices and programs to address a wide range of social and public health problems. Graduates from the ADS program are equipped to work in settings such as academia, for-profit and not-for-profit research and advocacy organizations, governmental and human services agencies, or community agencies that promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Students can enter the ADS program with a completed master’s degree or with a completed bachelor’s degree. Students entering with a bachelor’s will be required to complete a master’s in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), with a specialization in Prevention Science or Marriage and Family Therapy.

For more information, please visit Department of Human Development & Family Studies Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science.

Effective Spring 2019

Ph.D. course requirements include a minimum of 79 credits for each of four entry routes:

Entry A: For students enrolled in the continuous Masters in Human Development and Family Studies (Prevention Science Specialization)/Applied Developmental Science Ph.D. at CSU, up to 43 credits of the CSU M.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies (Prevention Science Specialization) will apply toward partial fulfillment of the required 79 credits.

Entry B: For students enrolled in the continuous Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization)/Applied Developmental Science Ph.D. at CSU, up to 22 credits of the CSU M.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization) will apply toward partial fulfillment of the required 79 credits

Entry C: For students who submit a previously earned Master of Science degree, up to 30 credits may be accepted toward partial fulfillment of the required 79 credits. All credits accepted toward partial fulfillment of the requirements below must be approved by the Director of the Applied Developmental Science Program, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the Graduate School.

Entry D: For students who do not submit a Master’s degree in partial fulfillment of the required 79 credits, up to 10 credits earned after the bachelor’s degree may be accepted for transfer. Only courses taken at a 500-level or higher will be considered. Students will also be required to complete a 1st year project. All credits accepted toward partial fulfillment of the requirements below must be approved by the student’s graduate committee, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the Graduate School.

Core Courses
HDFS 500Issues in Human Development & Family Studies3
HDFS 524Family Theory3
HDFS 610Risk and Resilience3
HDFS 710Theories of Applied Developmental Science3
Applied Developmental Science Elective Courses 1
Select a minimum of 21 credits from the following courses:21
Grant Writing-Human Services and Research
Prevention Science Across the Lifespan
Program Planning and Implementation
Prevention Program Evaluation
Early Child Development
Adolescent Development
Adult Development and Aging
Aging and the Family
Family Issues: Intimacy and Human Sexuality
Family Issues: Parenting
Family Issues: Family Policy and Programming
Family Issues: Contemporary Family Issues
Seminar: Lifespan Socioemotional Development
Seminar: Lifespan Cognitive Development
Seminar: Special Topics
Research Methods/Statistics
HDFS 501Readings in the Discipline1
HDFS 549Research Methods I3
HDFS 550Research Methods II3
HDFS 650Multivariate Research Methods I3
HDFS 750Multivariate Research Methods II3
Elective 1,23
Research/Apprenticeship/Internship
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following courses:6
Supervised College Teaching
Internship: Human Development
Internship: Family Studies
Internship: Marriage and Family Therapy
HDFS 698AResearch: Human Development3
HDFS 698BResearch: Family Studies3
Thesis and Dissertation
HDFS 699Thesis6
HDFS 799Dissertation12
Program Total Credits:79

A minimum of 79 credits are required to complete this program.