Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, PhD

The doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, (ISHD) provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation in developmental theory and research, and prepares students for faculty positions in academia, and careers in research.

The ISHD Ph.D. program combines the study of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of human development considered within cultural contexts and relevant to social policies. Penn GSE’s commitment to urban education as well as its West Philadelphia setting offers students the opportunity to create a specialized program of study that leads to an enriched understanding of the diverse perspectives of human development across the lifespan. Students create an individualized program of study in close consultation with an academic advisor. Students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to human development and may take courses in other schools and departments at Penn.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Each student creates his or her own program of study in consultation with faculty mentor. Up to eight course units may be transferred from a Master's program.
Recommended Courses include:
Education in Developing Countries
Psychology of the African-American
Topics of Psychology in Education: Qualitative Studies of Developmental Interventions
Cultural Perspectives on Human Development
Peer Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence.
Poverty and Child Development
Cognitive Processes
Complex, Multilevel, and Longitudinal Research Models
Contact the program for electives
Total Course Units for Graduation16

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.