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Marywood University

College of Education and Human Development, PhD, Human Development


2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA  18509
United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

Ph.D. Human Development with Concentration in Educational Administration, Health Promotion, Higher Education Administration, Instructional Leadership or Social Work

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Doctoral Program in Human Development provides an interdisciplinary understanding of human development in the context of a professional specialization. The program combines the knowledge and skills of more traditional doctorates including strong research skills with a balanced interdisciplinary focus. Marywood's Ph.D. program is unique in its interdisciplinary focus at the doctoral level. Emphasizing critical, multifaceted analysis of complex problems, the interdisciplinary approach enables students to make creative connections across disciplines and to learn from the synergy of multiple points of view. Furthermore, interdisciplinarity allows for better exploration of the complex relationships inherent in the problems and issues of the 21st century.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program are well-prepared to provide leadership in a variety of settings. The cognitive flexibility and skill developed by learning to view challenges through an interdisciplinary lens apply readily to areas such as education, administration, health care, and government agencies. Expert faculty from disciplines across the University are engaged in the Ph.D. program through teaching the interdisciplinary core courses, serving as dissertation mentors and committee members, and serving as qualifying examination evaluators.

This 60-credit program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) has interdisciplinary and research courses as its core, to which discipline-focused areas of concentrated specialization are added. Flexible program options enable students to pursue the doctoral degree either full or part-time and to design a program of studies geared to meet their professional objectives. The program does not require residency. Continuous registration is required. Degree completion is expected within seven years of program entry.

Specialization Tracks
*Educational Administration Specialization Track is recommended for those planning a career in the leadership of educational institutions at the elementary or secondary level or similar academic institutions. It incorporates the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the post-master's Letter of Eligibility for School Superintendents.

*Higher Education Administration Specialization Track is recommended for those who are planning a career in the leadership of higher education institutions or who plan to serve at the college or university level as faculty or as administrators, such as in student affairs. The HEA Specialization incorporates the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the post-master's Letter of Eligibility for School Superintendents.

*Instructional Leadership Specialization Track is recommended for individuals who plan careers as faculty members in teacher and adult training at the college or university level. It also prepares individuals to direct corporate training and professional development. It incorporates the requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education post-master's Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certification.

*Health Promotion Specialization Track is recommended for those interested in administration, consultation, and evaluative research in the evolving health care and health promotions environments. Students will develop knowledge, research, and other skills necessary for work opportunities in the implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs.

*Social Work Specialization Track is recommended for those seeking careers within the broad scope of social work practice, such as in human services, administration, policy and program development, or as a faculty member of a school of social work in an accredited college or university.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education

# of Credits Required:


Tuition & Financial Aid

Cost Per Credit Hour:

840.00 USD

Financial Aid Offered: Yes

Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I

Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999