PhD in Human Development

PhD in Human Development

  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Several specializations for in-depth study
  • Flexible and convenient for working professionals

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PhD in Human Development at Marywood

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:

  • Organizational leadership
  • College/university teaching
  • Health promotion

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

Flexible and Convenient

Marywood's Ph.D. program is perfect for working professionals with busy schedules. Most courses are offered in the evening, and you can complete your doctoral degree in 4 or 6 years. To make it as affordable as possible, we provide scholarships and research assistantships to those who qualify.

More About This Degree

Dr. Lloyd Lyter
Professor of Social Work

Dr. Lori Swanchak
Clinical Director

Dr. Karen Rich
Assistant Professor

Dr. Lee Harrison
Full Professor
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Our Ph.D. program prepares students to address the most complex challenges of the 21st Century and provide leadership in any professional setting, but a doctoral degree from Marywood is particularly useful in the areas of:

  • Education
  • Social services
  • Health care
  • Government
  • Business

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