Ph.D. in Family Social Science
A nationally renowned program
The Family Social Science doctoral program offers you a unique program of study using the insights and methods of the social sciences to examine how families work within various contexts and cultures. You will learn to:
- integrate family theory, research, and practice
- produce scholarly research
- develop effective and innovative teaching skills
Your program of study will include research and coursework across the breadth of family social science, including child adjustment in families; families and culture; families and financial decisions; family formation and intergenerational studies; families, loss and trauma; and intimate family relationships. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders and researchers committed to your success. Explore their research projects.
The program offers specializations in Family Science or Couple & Family Therapy, as well as an option to apply for a combined master's/Ph.D. program if you do not already hold a master's degree.
The Family Science Specialization includes coursework, research engagement and intense mentoring from faculty to prepare you to contribute to the broader field of Family Science. The Graduate Program Handbook has details and timelines that will help you launch your career and build a foundation for your personal and professional success.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, the Couple & Family Therapy Specialization features rigorous training in CFT research informed by diverse disciplines and perspectives. Admission to this specialization is available to doctoral candidates who have already earned a clinical master's degree, or have achieved equivalent clinical experience as determined by the CFT faculty. Learn more about program outcomes.
A Family Social Science doctoral degree will prepare you to pursue a career in academia or clinical administration and leadership, as well as opportunities in policy-related firms, government agencies, independent research institutions, school systems, and health care organizations.