Future Students

PhD Curriculum

Students in the HCDE PhD program complete a minimum of 90 credits of coursework and research as they progress toward degree completion. The first two years are primarily focused on academic course work as the foundation for ensuing research. The remainder of the program is focused on extensive research and program milestones. 

The 90 credits include:

  • 30 core course credits
  • 10 credits of Directed Research Groups
  • 12 credits within a concentration developed collaboratively by the student and the advisor
  • 11 credits of free electives
  • 27 credits of dissertation research 

Students who enter the PhD program with a previous graduate degree relevant to HCDE can petition to have up to 30 credits transferred toward the doctoral program upon approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Required core courses

 

Additional Requirements

  • HCDE 596: Directed Research (minimum total 10 cr)
  • 12 credits within a concentration to be developed collaboratively by the student and the advisor
  • 11 credits of free electives
  • 27 credits of HCDE 800 Doctoral Dissertation