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PhD  in

Human Development

Embody the change you want to see.

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Become an Agent of Change

Designed for the career professional, Fielding’s doctoral students in Human Development (HD) are socially concerned, experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds (coach, counselor, non-profit leader, student services, teacher, to name a few). They are committed to supporting the positive development, well-being, and growth of individuals in organizational and community contexts. Through becoming scholar-practitioners, they are further enabled to promote positive change in their world!

The PhD in Human Development (HD) is focused on individual and transformational growth in personal, organizational, and cultural settings. The degree empowers doctoral scholar-practitioners with foundational and current research across the lifespan from multidisciplinary perspectives. Students study humans as individuals and as members of systems, learning to optimize interpersonal relationships and empower themselves and others to become change agents for social and ecological justice.

In a distance learning environment, students have the freedom to live and work in any community. Based on contemporary adult learning practices, our innovative program fosters creativity and offers customized degree plans, experiential learning, and optional concentrations.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Online application form
  • Resumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Reflective Essay
  • Writing Sample
  • Official Transcript
  • No GRE Required

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Customize your Program

We support a wide range of electives, including adult learning and development, wisdom traditions, transformative learning, Somatics, spiritual and contemplative psychology, positive aging, health care leadership, gender equity, diversity and LGBTQ studies.

PhD Degree Completion Program

If you have completed doctoral credits within the last 8 years, you may be a candidate for the Fielding degree completion program. In this program, students can transfer up to 40 credits towards their PhD.

Advance your Career and Personal Goals

Our graduates are leaders in their professional and personal lives as consultants, professors, community activists, authors, nonprofit executives, healthcare administrators, and coaches.

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