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PhD Family and Consumer Sciences – Retailing and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences – Retailing and Consumer Sciences program from University of Arizona designed to provide broad exposure to developmental and interpersonal and family theories, to develop research skills and expertise, and to build in-depth knowledge in a content area chosen by the student.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in:  
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The Family and Consumer Sciences – Retailing and Consumer Sciences program from University of Arizona provides instructional, research, extension and outreach programs that enable families, individual family members and consumers to achieve an optimum quality of life throughout the life span. Instructional programs prepare professionals for careers serving families and consumers in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing society.

There are two broad areas of study at Norton School, Family Studies and Human Development and Retail and Consumer Sciences. Currently we only offer a Ph.D. program in Family Studies and Human Development.

Ph.D. Program in FSHD

Students interested in research, consulting, and/or teaching at the college level may pursue a doctoral degree with a concentration in family studies and human development. The program typically takes five years and combines advanced study in human development with family and interpersonal theories, research, and special topics.

Courses required for the Ph.D. include Analysis of Family Studies, Theories of Human Development, Foundations of Family and Interpersonal Theory, Application of Family and Interpersonal Theory, Research Methods, Statistics, and special topics seminars chosen based on student interests. Doctoral students also complete coursework in a chosen minor area.

Program Structure

  • Analysis of Family Studies
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Application of Family and Interpersonal Theory
  • Research Methods, Statistics

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