The family social science doctoral program offers you a unique program of study using social science insights and methods to examine individual and family relationships within various contexts and cultures. You will learn to:
- integrate family theory, research, and practice
- produce scholarly research
- develop effective and innovative teaching skills
- engage in meaningful community collaborations
Your program of study will encompass research and coursework across the breadth of family social science, including intersectional influences of race, class, culture, sexual orientation, and gender on relationships; finances; effects of trauma; technology, child adjustment; intimate relationships, and dating, marriage, and divorce. Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders and researchers committed to your success. To learn more, explore their research projects, or watch videos of faculty members discussing their work.
The family science specialization includes coursework, research engagement, and faculty mentoring to prepare you to contribute to the broader field of family science.
If you're interested in pursuing a doctoral degree but have not yet earned a master's degree, you may apply for the joint MA/PhD in family science program. You'll enter as a master's candidate and following the completion of your master's thesis, will be evaluated to continue into the doctoral program.
FSoS also offers a PhD specialization in couple and family therapy (also known as marriage and family therapy). You must have a clinical master's degree, preferably a MFT degree, to be considered for this specialization.
The online FSoS Graduate Program Handbook has details and timelines that will help you launch your career and build a foundation for your personal and professional success.