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PhD Human Development Degree, Adult Development, Development Training and Administration

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 PhD Human Development
Human Development (HD) is focused on individual adult growth in personal, organizational, and cultural settings. Tools from coaching, mentoring, leadership, creative longevity, and wisdom inform doctoral work in the program. Students seek to understand how to optimize personal relationships, and empower others to invest and engage in their chosen cause.
With individual experience and current knowledge as a platform, the PhD in Human Development brings together adult development research and theory to address the social demands of our modern world. With the faculty, students create a vibrant, collegial interchange that infuses our learning community with new ideas and enthusiasm.  Students and alumni constitute a highly experienced professional network expected of graduate doctoral education.


  • Remain in your local community while learning with people who work in a wide variety of nonprofit, corporate, or private practices in counseling, coaching, training, and organization development.
  • Engage with a global student group living on every continent with corporate, education, and healthcare backgrounds with particular interest in coaching and mentoring, transformative learning for social justice, ethical leadership, and aging, culture, and society.
  • Study with leading faculty mentors who bring experiential and academic expertise in psychology, sociology, philosophy, history and healthcare.
  • Network with professionally recognized alumni who are university teachers, writers, speakers and individual coaches.

"Fielding was a natural choice for me because it fit my learning style and learning needs, and had an excellent reputation in the field of organizational change and development. "

-Gary Wagenheim, PhD, Alumnus

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 A PhD in Human Development


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"As an alumna, I come back to Fielding because I like to reconnect with a scholarly community where there are communities of inquiry. We are informed by each other's work."

-Kathy Curran, PhD, Alumna

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   Alumni Achievements in Human and Organizational Development
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