Human Ecology: Human Development and Family Studies, Ph.D. This is a named option within the Human Ecology, Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of families and individuals across the lifespan with an emphasis on research and its application to practice, programs, and policy. Graduate students in this option may earn the Human Ecology: Human Development Family Studies, M.S. along the way to the Ph.D. Current areas of scholarly activity focus on early childhood, couple relationships, contemplative practices, mind-body well-being, parenting, family caregiving, and vulnerable populations (e.g., incarcerated parents, children with autism, and historically under-represented groups). There is a demand for professionals trained in research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of human development and family studies in higher education, government, and human and family service programs. Regardless of whether HDFS graduates pursue careers in academic or applied settings, they are prepared for a life of scholarship and service.
University of Wisconsin-Madison GRE score,GPA for masters degree in Human Development and Family Empowerment