Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity Overview

Dr. Bonomi and Faculty

Join a nationally known, diverse community of scholars exploring child/adolescent development, culture, gender, sexuality and families.
Students in our doctoral program are immersed in a highly diverse, dynamic and influential intellectual community around research that has important practical implications. Our faculty has expertise in areas such as immigrant families and communities, culture, racial/ethnic socialization, child/adolescent and lifespan development, sexuality and gender-based violence. Our PhD and MA programs leverage the extraordinary interdisciplinary strengths of our department and prepare students for both cutting edge research and academic careers as well as careers in government and social policy.

PhD Degree in HDFS with a Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity Focus

  • Students complete a rigorous, focused program that prepares them for cutting-edge research in a university or a public/private research organization.

Master’s Degree in HDFS with a Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity Focus, Plan A, Thesis

  • Students complete a 30 credit Master’s degree in preparation for continued study in a doctoral program. Plan A is a research emphasis program that includes the completion of a thesis.

Master’s Degree in HDFS with a Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity Focus, Plan B-Professional, Non-Thesis

  • Students complete a 30 credit Master’s degree with a focus on applied practice or policy development, including work in government, business or foundations.