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Ph.D. in Human Development - Family Studies Concentration Virginia Tech



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Course info


The Family Studies (FS) content area of the Human Development program provides a systematic approach to observing, understanding, and analyzing close relationships and families within their individual, social, and historical contexts. A major goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in the family field in teaching, research, and direct service.

Student scholarship takes place not only in the classroom, but also through mentorship and research. Students may participate in wide-ranging faculty research projects using diverse methodologies and dealing with issues such as intimate relationships, work and family issues, divorce and remarriage, incarceration, intergenerational relationships, family diversity over the life course, human sexuality, feminist analysis of families and intersectionality, families and technology, family approaches to prevention of substance abuse, and family policy. Programs of study are individualized, permitting inclusion of significant coursework in specific subjects related to marriage and family relationships across the life course. Examples of courses that students may take include:

Human Sexuality
Marriage and Family Relationships
Family Processes
Theories of Human Development and Family Science
Sequence of statistics classes

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Ph.D. in Human Development - Family Studies Concentration.

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$14,208.00 (10,55,164) per year

USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Admit students who hold either bachelor's or master's degrees.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80.0

Paper 550.0

Computer 213.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Jan 05.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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