The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development's Doctoral Program offers small class sizes; a personalized path of study; mentorship from professors at the top of their fields; collaborative, cross-discipline research opportunities; exclusive internship opportunities; and a learning framework that emphasizes research, practice, and integration. As a student in this program, you will gain the foundational skills and knowledge to make an impact in the lives of children and their families.
PhD candidates in the Child Studies and Human Development Department work closely with a primary mentor and are supported by a community of scholars in various ways. Through a rigorous combination of research, training, coursework, and internships, students develop substantive expertise in one area of scholarship. In addition, they develop competencies in ten other areas, including foundational knowledge of the field, methods and statistics, research, professionalism, grantsmanship, publication, applied work, dissemination, cultural processes, teaching, and mentoring.
The doctoral program in Child Study and Human Development prepares students to make important contributions to theory, research, policy, and practice in diverse settings. Alumni of Eliot-Pearson's doctoral program have gone on to work in a variety of settings, including:
The Child Study and Human Development's admissions process looks at each student as an individual, and reviews applications for strengths and indications that the applicant will be successful in the program.
Final admissions decisions are based on whether a student's interests are a match for one of the faculty who has decided to admit a student for the upcoming year. Prior to applying, you should research the department's faculty members as well as the various departmental labs, research areas, and research projects to ensure the Child Student and Human Development PhD aligns with your interest areas and goals. Please note that the only faculty members who can supervisor doctoral students are Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, or Professors. Other faculty (including Full-Time Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Research Assistant Professors, Research Associate Professors, Affiliated Faculty) are not able to supervise doctoral students.
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*Sources: GSAS-SOE Graduate Exit Survey 2020 - 2021 and Academic Analytics (Alumni Insights)