Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Sciences – Specialization in Human Development

Human Development

Ph.D. in Learning and Developmental Sciences – Specialization in Human Development

The field of human development examines biological and psychological changes across the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood, with practical implications for work with families and in school and community settings.

In this 90-credit hour research-intensive doctoral program, the importance of sociocultural context is a central theme of training, as is a focus on diverse populations.

As a student in this program you will be initially paired with a faculty mentor based on shared interests. They will then work closely with you on supervised research projects that will progress to independent research as your skills develop. You will also receive training in college teaching as an Associate Instructor.

Our recent graduates are employed as research and teaching faculty, institutional researchers, data-analysts, and consultants in academic and non-academic positions.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Dec 1
    December 1 is the priority funding deadline for the Dean’s Fellowship and University Graduate School diversity fellowships. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for fellowships – no separate application is necessary.
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admission Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume (required from international students only)
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    IN Resident$450.93

    *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming year. We encourage applications from prospective students who are interested in research and whose interests align with those of our faculty. Learn about our faculty below, including current projects.

Our faculty

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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Adolescent Development, Black Youth Emotional Development, Family Socialization of Race, Peer Influence on Adolescent Decision-Making
(812) 856-8116
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Associate Professor

(812) 856-8334

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Dr. Charlotte Agger
ED 4066
(812) 856-8411

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