Human Development and Social Policy Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

There is no terminal degree in Human Development and Social Policy. Students pursuing the PhD may receive the MA as part of their doctoral course of study at their discretion; those leaving the program prior to the completion through to earning the PhD may receive the MA if they qualify.

Courses Units
HDSP Proseminar (1 Unit) 1
HDSP 401 Proseminar in Human Development and Social Policy
Foundations of Human Development (4 Units) 4
HDSP 413 Theories of Human Development
Three of the four following courses:
HDSP 402 Child Development
HDSP 403 Adolescent Development
HDSP 404 Adult Development and Aging
HDSP 415 Nature-Nurture Revisited
Foundations in Empirical Research Methods (5 units) 5
HDSP 410 Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistics
HDSP 411 Quantitative Methods II: Regression Analysis
HDSP 412 Quantitative Methods III: Empirical Tools for Causal Quantitative Analysis
Sociology 404 Designs for Descriptive Causal Research in Field Settings
HDSP 432 Field Methods
Foundations of Social Policy (4 Units) *Students must take one course from each of the following groups 4
Group I
HDSP 430 Economics of Social Policy
Group II
HDSP 429 Social-Community Interventions
HDSP 451 Topics: Organizations, Institutions and Society: Persistence and Change Among Public, Private and Non-Profit Sectors
Group III
HDSP 428 Educational Policy: Design, Implementation and Effects
HDSP 427 Sociology of Education
Group IV
HDSP 433 Modern Theories of the State and Social Policy
HDSP 442 Social Policymaking and Policy Implementation
Total required units: 14

Other MA Degree Requirements:

  • Examinations: none specified
  • Research/Projects: see Master's Thesis below
  • Master's Thesis (HDSP Trial Research): The Trial Research addresses questions that can be answered through empirical, feasible investigations (please note that neither a critical review of the literature on a topic, nor a speculative essay, is acceptable). The final paper should include the student’s particular (1) research questions, (2) conceptual framework and review of prior literature, (3) methods of data collection, (4) results, and (5) discussion, conclusions, interpretations, and suggestions for further research.
  • Other: none

PhD


HDSP Curriculum Overview To obtain a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP), students entering the program without master's degrees must complete 27 courses, including the core curriculum and electives, a trial research and an annotated course outline. Those students entering the program with a master's degree may petition the Program Chair to receive up to nine elective course waivers, which could potentially reduce the required course number to 18 courses, including the core curriculum and remaining 4 electives. There are no qualifying examinations. Instead, successful completion of the Trial Research and The Guided Literature Review OR Course Outline admits a student to PhD candidacy. There is a two quarter teaching requirement to serve as a teaching assistant. The last requirement for the degree is completion of a dissertation.

Courses
HDSP Proseminar (1 Unit)
HDSP 401 Proseminar in Human Development and Social Policy
Foundations of Human Development (4 Units)
HDSP 413 Theories of Human Development
Three of the four following courses:
HDSP 402 Child Development
HDSP 403 Adolescent Development
HDSP 404 Adult Development and Aging
HDSP 415 Nature – Nurture Revisited
Foundations in Empirical Research Methods (5 units)
HDSP 410 Quantitative Methods I: Probability and Statistics
HDSP 411 Quantitative Methods II: Regression Analysis
HDSP 412 Quantitative Methods III: Empirical Tools for Causal Quantitative Analysis
SOCIOL 404 Designs for Descriptive Causal Research in Field Settings
HDSP 432 Field Methods
Foundations of Social Policy (4 units) *Students must take one course from each of the following groups:
Group I
HDSP 430 Economics of Social Policy
Group II
HDSP 429 Social-Community Interventions
HDSP 451 Organizations, Institutions and Society: Persistence and Change Among Public, Private and Non-Profit Sectors
Group III
HDSP 428 Topics: Educational Policy: Design, Implementation and Effects
HDSP 427 Sociology of Education
Group IV
HDSP 433 Modern Theories of the State and Social Policy
HDSP 440 The Politics of Social Policy
Total required course units: 14