PhD Program

PhD in Human Environmental Sciences, emphasis in Human Development and Family Science

The PhD program is designed with student individuality in mind. You have unique career goals and research interests, and we'll help you reach your goals through individualized learning plans and built-in opportunities for research and teaching. A PhD from Mizzou allows you to pursue careers in research, college or university teaching, or leadership positions in public and private institutions.

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As a PhD student, you will complete coursework, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation. Although you will develop an individualized course plan, all coursework covers a core of theory, research methods, statistics, HDFS content, and a collateral area of your choosing. View List of Graduate Courses. The Student Handbook provides more details about requirements of the comprehensive exam and dissertation processes.

Built-in to the degree program are opportunities for research, teaching, and service.

20/21 funding levels:

  • Stipend paid over 10 months for a 20 hour/week assistantship: $18,026
  • Tuition Waiver: $19,022.40 (18 credit hours over 10 months)
  • Health Insurance Subsidy: ~$4000
  • Total annual financial package: $41,048.40

There is no special application process for assistantships for PhD students; the application for admission serves as your assistantship application. Summer assistantships are limited and not guaranteed.