Courses in HDFS Doctoral Degree Program


HDFS Doctoral Degree Program

Modified Cohort Model

Students in the masters and doctoral degree programs in HDFS share a year-long course of study in research methods as well as coursework in life span human development and family studies, theories, and program and policy development and evaluation. Taking these core courses together promotes higher levels of knowledge and integration, as well as collegial relationships among students.

Coursework Emphases

Doctoral students pursue additional coursework in research methods and theory. Depending on career goals, students pursue minors or additional coursework in gerontology, psychology, public health, sociology, women's studies, and other fields.


Masters and doctoral degree students elect courses in such diverse topics as:

  • Families and poverty
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social gerontology
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Link to a complete list of HDFS courses in the OSU catalog (graduate courses begin at HDFS 501)