Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services
This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.*
Earn your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Services. Address the needs of underserved populations, including those struggling with addiction, illness, or poverty.
The PhD in Human Services is designed for students with career aspirations and research interests related to guiding the policies and practices needed to address the needs of diverse and underserved populations, including those struggling with addiction, illness, poverty and violence. Graduates of the PhD in Human Services program will be able to:
- Design and evaluate research about theories and systems related to human services based on student's specific interests in the field;
- Investigate matters of social justice in human services organizations, including weaving socio-cultural diversity into their missions, governance structures and operations;
- Assess, evaluate, and design human services performance structures, capacity building, and talent development implementation strategies specific to the specialization course interests of the student;
- Apply concepts, demonstrate skills, and evaluate policies and initiatives that are fundamental to ethical and legal practice in human services settings tailored around the student's specialization course interests;
- Assess the general complexity of human services systems and formulate effective strategies based on best practices; and
- Advocate through multiple communication methods in support of specific strategies, standards, policies, practices, and service delivery methods.
- Social and Community Service Manager
- Social and Human Service Assistant
- Community and Social Service Specialist
You must choose from the following specializations to focus your academic pursuits:
To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Human Services, you must successfully:
- Complete program coursework of 62 credits;
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00;
- Complete three non-credit In-residence Workshops**; and
- Complete Dissertation requirements***.
** For the PhD in Human Services, you are required to attend three in-residence weekend workshops in Denver, CO. Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this in-residence workshop requirement.
*** Students can refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about Dissertation.
Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dissertation courses are nine weeks in length.
Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.
* Licensure Information
This program of study does not meet, nor is intended to meet, the requirements for professional licensure in the State of Colorado. The Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services program is not a licensure program.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services program is not a licensure program. University of the Rockies cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. For information regarding professional licensure requirements in your state, you should contact the applicable licensing board or agency in your state and determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you reside.
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