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Multidisciplinary Human Services Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Required Courses

15 Required Courses, 40 quarter credits

PSL8002 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners 4 quarter credits
PSL7860* Survey of Research Methods 4 quarter credits
PSL7864* Quantitative Design and Analysis 4 quarter credits
PSL7868* Qualitative Design and Analysis 4 quarter credits
HS8124* Advanced Study in Research Methods in Public Service 4 quarter credits
HS8213 Program Development and Management 4 quarter credits
HS8216 Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness 4 quarter credits
HS8413 Social Influences of Behavior 4 quarter credits
HS8515 Ethics and Decision Making in Human Services 4 quarter credits
HS8604* Advanced Communication Skills for the Human Services Leader 4 quarter credits
DRS-R8930 PhD Research Seminar Track 1 (non-credit)
DRS-R8931* PhD Research Seminar Track 2 (non-credit)
DRS-R8932* PhD Research Seminar Track 3 (non-credit)

Elective Courses

56 course quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).

Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation Courses

24 course quarter credits

HS9919* Doctoral Comprehensive Examination 4 quarter credits

Learners must register for HS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their Specialization requirements.

HS9960* Dissertation Courseroom 5 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (DRS-R8930, DRS-R8931, DRS-R8932).

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 48 credits into this specialization.

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