Human Development and Family Science

Supported Degree Objectives

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Required Supporting Documents

English Proficiency Requirements

  • The following English proficiency minimum scores are required by this program for the tests listed below. To view additional English proficiency options accepted by this program and the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars, visit the English Proficiency Requirements page.

TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 100
Minimum section requirements:

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 22
  • Writing: 22

TOEFL: Essentials: Minimum Overall Required Score: 10.5
Minimum section requirements:

  • Reading: 10
  • Listening: 10
  • Speaking: 12
  • Writing: 10

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 1 No Entry No Entry U.S. Citizen
    December 1 No Entry No Entry International

Program Contact Information

  • Name Elizabeth Atha
    Phone 765-496-3816
    Web Program Website
    Address HDFS Graduate Admissions
    Purdue University
    Fowler Memorial House, Room 125A
    1200 Mitch Daniels Blvd
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055

Additional Information

  • Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.
  • Students admitted to the graduate program are required to have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course and research methods course or the equivalent. Applicants who do not meet this prerequisite but who are otherwise qualified for admission are required to complete remediation courses during their first year of study. The remedial course(s) may count toward the degree requirement. International students participate in a telephone interview.
  • Students who enter our doctoral program with a master's degree from another university must submit evidence of having completed an empirical thesis. Students with a B.A. or B.S. degree and students who did not complete an empirical thesis as part of their master’s thesis degree program must complete an independent research project during the first two years.
Purdue West Lafayette campus