PhD Program in Human Development

Program Overview

Marywood University's Ph.D. Program in Human Development takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development, while still allowing for in-depth study in one our specializations. The program combines the hallmarks of more traditional doctorates, including an emphasis on research, with a balanced interdisciplinary focus.

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Interdisciplinary Approach

The Ph.D. Program at Marywood features an interdisciplinary focus that's unique at the doctoral level. This interdisciplinary approach encourages students to analyze multiple points of view and make creative connections across academic disciplines.


Marywood's Ph.D. Program prepares students to address the complex challenges of the 21st century and provide leadership in a variety of professional settings:

  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Health Care
  • Government
  • Business

Expert Faculty

Expert Marywood faculty from a variety of disciplines are engaged in the Ph.D. Program as teachers, mentors, and exam evaluators. Specializations in education, organizational leadership, and health promotion capitalize on the particular strengths of Marywood's faculty.