What will I learn?

HDFS is an interdisciplinary lifespan approach to the study of children, youth, and families. It encompasses specialty areas in infant and child studies, youth studies, family studies, family resource management, and gerontology. Graduates will make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and their families. They will become future leaders who will develop, manage, and evaluate early childhood, youth development, family support, and community-based programs. They will advance research and policy in areas related to young children, youth, and families.

The Ph.D. in HDFS requires 60 hours of coursework including a dissertation. A specialization will require 9 hours of coursework completed in one of the areas at the master's level and 15 hours of coursework completed in one of the areas at the doctoral level.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,900.00 per year
USD $12,450 per Semester
Start date

18 January 2022


Mississippi State University

Starkville Campus, 25 Old Main,

101 Montgomery Hall,



39762, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must request an official transcript from the bachelor’s degree institution and from each college or university attended following the bachelor’s degree.

For international students

students must have earned a baccalaureate degree in HDFS or a related field; have earned a grade point average of 3.0 on all previous graduate coursework

550 PBT or 79 iBT (TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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