Marriage, Family, and Human Development
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 10
Contact Information: 
2086 JFSB
Program Requirements: 

The graduate program is designed to address the theories, research, and practices that (1) strengthen marriages, (2) enhance the development of children, and (3) unfold the characteristics of quality nurturing relationships across generations.

The PhD degree in MFHD provides integrated and in-depth learning experiences in family studies and human development.  It also offers the opportunity to acquire expertise in a number of different aspects of the field. The primary focus of doctoral study is to help students become effective educators and scholars. Many graduates find professional positions in university departments related to family studies or human development. Some find positions in community settings, research organizations, or the mass media; and others choose to work in business settings.

Typically from six to ten students are admitted each year to the program, with the proportion of MS and PhD degree candidates varying each year. 

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Requirements for Degree.

72 credit hours of course work; Master's and transfer credits will be applied to the elective requirements, unless a case can be made that the content of the master's or transfer course closely correlates to a course in the required core.

Required Core - 48 credit hours:

Theory - 3 credit hours:

MFHD 514 (3.0 credits) Theories of Human Development

Human Development -  6 credit hours:

MFHD 611 (3.0 credits) Advances in Human Development

Elective Human Development Content Course (3.0 credits)

Family Science - 6 credit hours:

MFHD 612 (3.0 credits) Instruction to Research and Theory in Family Studies

Elective Family Studies Content Course (3.0 credits)

Methods & Statistics - 15 credit hours:

MFHD 691 (3.0 credits) Graduate Research Methods

MFHD 600 (3.0 credits) Multiple Regression

MFHD 605 (3.0 credits) Structural Equation Modeling in Social Sciences

MFHD 706 (3.0 credits) Advanced Statistics

Elective Methods/Statistics Course (3.0 credits)

Dissertation - 18 credit hours:

MFHD 799R (18.0 credits) Doctoral Dissertation

Electives - 24 credit hours:  Approved by your Graduate Committee

Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Additional Requirements

  1. Graduate courses in marriage, family, and human development.
  2. Letters of Recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate your current academic and/or professional skills and abilities. Character reference letters from friends, family or acquaintances are not appropriate.
Program Outcomes: 

Marriage, Family, and Human Development Fundamentals

Demonstrate knowledge of the dominant theories, main research findings, & contemporary issues in the MFHD research literature.

Research Skills

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of and competence in the general research methods and statistics used in MFHD.

Effective Research Analysis and Reporting

Review existing research: design, analyze, and report advanced original research that contributes to a scholarly specialty.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 4
International 1
Female 1
Non-White 2
BYU Undergraduate 2
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 304.5
GRE Quantitative Score 150.5
GRE Quantitative Percentile 42.5
GRE Verbal Score 154.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 63.0
GRE Analytical Score 3.5
GRE Analytical Percentile 38.0
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 5.5
Graduated Per Year 2.5
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 6.0
Admitted Per Year 2.0
Percent Admitted 33.33
Average GPA 3.63