The Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science 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 degree will be required to complete a master’s in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in Prevention Science or Marriage and Family Therapy.
Learn more about the Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science on the Department of Human Development and Family Studies website.
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 Master of Science 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’s 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.
|HDFS 500||Issues in Human Development & Family Studies||3|
|HDFS 524||Family Theory||3|
|HDFS 610||Risk and Resilience||3|
|HDFS 710||Theories of Applied Developmental Science||3|
|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|
|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|
|HDFS 501||Readings in the Discipline||1|
|HDFS 549||Research Methods I||3|
|HDFS 550||Research Methods II||3|
|HDFS 650||Multivariate Research Methods I||3|
|HDFS 750||Multivariate Research Methods II||3|
|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 698A||Research: Human Development||3|
|HDFS 698B||Research: Family Studies||3|
|Thesis and Dissertation|
|Program Total Credits:||79|
A minimum of 79 credits are required to complete this program.
Select courses with approval of advisor and graduate committee.
Select statistics or methodology elective from outside the HDFS department from approved departmental list.