Human Development (Ph.D.)

Marywood University's Ph.D. program combines the hallmarks of more traditional doctoral degrees—including an emphasis on research—with a unique, interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development. Students in Marywood's Ph.D. program may select one of several specializations for in-depth study.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Our Ph.D. program features an interdisciplinary focus that's rare at the doctoral level. This approach encourages students to analyze multiple points of view and make creative connections across varied academic disciplines.


Marywood's Ph.D. program encourages students to broadly examine the many ways in which people grow physically, emotionally, and socially. At the same time, several specializations allow you to concentrate on a specific area of study:

  • Educational administration
  • Higher education administration
  • Instructional leadership
  • Health promotion

Our program is flexible. It can be tailored to meet your specific professional goals.

Full- or Part-time with Convenient Evening Classes

Marywood's Ph.D. program is perfect for working professionals with busy schedules. Most courses are offered in the evening, and you can pursue your doctoral degree full- or part-time. To make it as affordable as possible, we provide scholarships and research assistantships to those who qualify.

Credit Hours: 60
Degree: PhD
Program Website
College: Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Department Website: Ph.D. Program

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admissions

866-279-9663, ext 6002