The Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Studies is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, or applied professional settings. The program emphasizes strong research specialization while maintaining and understanding an appreciation of broader issues and applied problems in Human Development and Family Sciences. The dissertation and associated research play a dual role, enabling the student to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area of study. At the same time, the student gains experience in planning, conducting, and reporting on a major original study.


Master of Science

We offer a Master's Degree, for students who do not yet have a master’s and who are intent on pursuing the Ph.D.. The MS program provides an opportunity for independent research to be reported in a formal master's thesis and enables students to complete a substantial portion of the Ph.D. coursework.


Admission Requirements

  • Combined GPA of 3.0 or better on the last 90 quarter credits of graded coursework
  • Completion of the GRE
  • International Students – TOEFL score of >80 or >550, depending on the TOEFL test taken  (please see the Graduate School’s International Applicants page for more information)
  • 15 quarter hours of undergraduate or graduate level courses in the behavioral & social sciences
  • 3 quarter hours of undergraduate or graduate level statistics
  • In addition to the OSU Application, the HDFS Supplemental Questions must be completed
  • A Master’s degree (including thesis) must be completed before work on Ph.D. is started