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Ph.D. Program in Human Developmental Economics
The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development (CSHD) as well as the Department of Economics are pleased to offer a joint Ph.D. program in Human Developmental Economics (HDE) drawing on the strengths of the two departments and recent trends and complementary advances in both disciplines. This interdisciplinary doctoral program aims to better understand human development through the study of cultural, social, emotional, economic and behavioral interactions as they contribute to socialization and decision-making. This program is new within the existing CSHD Ph.D. Program as of fall, 2016.
A deep understanding of socialization and decision-making requires studying their interfaces and recognizing the social contexts and interactions within them. Whereas major research initiatives by several universities and independent research organizations are bringing together researchers from different disciplines who share interests in human developmental economics, with very few exceptions, no comparable effort has been made at building doctoral-level training programs that combine human development and economics in an explicit and systematic manner.
The rationale for this Ph.D. program is based on the following trends
Criteria for Admission and Application Procedures
Those interested in applying to the Ph.D. in Human Developmental
Economics can access the online application at
Applicants should apply to the Ph.D. Program in Child Study and Human
Development and check the appropriate box for the Human Developmental Economics
Program. All application materials must be received by
HDE Program Administration
(click on names to get information of fields of research)
HDE Program Requirements
Each student is required to complete a minimum of 60 SHUs as part of their fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of Ph.D. in Human Developmental Economics. These semester hour units
include 48 for course work; and 12 for the Internship. The coursework includes 8 core courses
in the departments of Child Study and Human Development and Economics and 8 electives.
Dissertation work follows the course work after successful completion of Preliminary and
Qualifying Reviews and a dissertation proposal defense. Students will focus their dissertation
study in economics or human development based on the set of electives taken and the topic of their dissertation proposal.
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