Institute On Family and Neighborhood Life

Doctoral Program Degree Requirements

The degree requires 66 hours post-baccalaureate work.  A minimum of 30 credit hours is required of post-master’s degree students.  The normal course of study requires four years for the post-baccalaureate student. The course of study for post-master’s degree students depends on the number or courses waived and/or transferred, but generally should be no longer than 3 years maximum.

The curriculum requirements and electives are as follows:

1. Studies of Family and Community Life (9 credits):

  • Life in the Global Community (FCS 810) (required) 

  • Human Development and Family Life in Cultural Context (FCS 811) (required) 

  • Cultural Area Studies (FCS 836) (required)

2. Research Methods (12 credits):

  • Research Design in IFCS I (FCS 813) (required) 

  • Research Design in IFNCS II (FCS 834) (required) 

  • Topics in Societal and International Research (FCS 840) (elective) 

  • Program Evaluation (FCS896/SOC805) 

  • Survey Design (SOC 803) (elective)

3. Studies of Human Rights and Social Justice (6 credits):

  • International Human Rights Law (FCS 820) (required) 

  • International Law and Policy on Children’s Issues (FCS 851) (elective) 

  • The Right to Health (FCS 852) (elective)

4. Studies of Community Development and Policy Analysis (9 credits):

  • Community Development: Principles and Practices (FCS 830) (required) 

  • Community Transformation (FCS 831) (required) 

  • Policies and Programs in Human Services (FCS 832) (elective) 

  • Humanitarian Assistance (FCS 833) (elective)

5. Language Requirement (6 credits):

  • This requirement may be met by undergraduate credit, demonstration of proficiency or waived for students for whom English is a second language. 

 6. Research (up to 24 credits):

  •  6 credits of Research Project (FCS 890) if entering post baccalaureate; 18 credits for the Doctoral Dissertation (FCS 991).

7. Internship.

  • This is an optional experience and is taken using Practicum credit (FCS 893).

Independent studies or related courses may be substituted with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Institute’s director of graduate studies.  Distance learning experiences are periodically offered in cooperation with affiliate centers worldwide.

Independent studies or related courses may be substituted with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Institute’s director of graduate studies.  Distance learning experiences are periodically offered in cooperation with affiliate centers worldwide

For more information, see our doctoral handbook.