Human Sciences (PHD)

PhD

Human Sciences, PhD

On Campus 90 cr 90 cr

An interdepartmental Ph.D. degree in human sciences with specializations from multiple departments.

Description

This is an interdepartmental program. See specific specializations for more information.

Specializations

  1. Apparel Design

    The Doctor of Philosophy program in Human Sciences with a specialization in Apparel Design is designed to educate apparel design scholars who can comprehensively apply theory, knowledge and academic research to their specialties. An in-depth look is taken at fundamental apparel design disciplines as well as relevant interdisciplinary knowledge and technologies, in which students should play a leading role in the future. Related fields will vary depending on the specific focus of the student but may include and are not be limited to anthropology, art, business, education, history, psychology, technology, theater, and women and gender studies.

    See Textiles for more information.

    Goals and objectives for the specialization in Apparel Design include:

    1. Conduct independent scholarly work in apparel design including hands-on apparel design practices.
    2. Critique and interpret scholarly design work of others and apply to own work. 
    3. Develop a collection of original apparel designs that will be part of an exhibition, runway show or other forms of visual presentation.

    Admission Requirements

    • Entrance exam(s): GRE
    • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS6.5
    • Letter of application describing educational and career goals
    • Resume
    • Three recommendation letters
  2. Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  3. Child, Youth and Family Studies

    The comprehensive Ph.D. program in Child Development/Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students to be independent scholars in research and education professions. To meet this objective we make three guarantees to students admitted to the program. Every student will have:

    1. An intensive research experience
    2. An independent teaching opportunity
    3. An opportunity for international engagement

    See Child, Youth and Family Studies for more information.

  4. Communication Disorders

    A Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Communication Disorders will prepare you as a scholar in both applied and basic aspects of communication. The focus is to prepare you for leadership roles in teaching, research and/or clinical management, depending on your personal goals and objectives.

    See Special Education and Communication Disorders for more information.

    To be considered for priority funding, apply by January 15 for the Fall term.

    Admission Requirements

    Faculty:  The Advisor Agreement Form (or an equivalent memo directly from the advisor), with all affirmative responses and a faculty member signature, is required before a student can be admitted to this program.

  5. Global Family Health and Wellbeing

    The doctoral program in Global Family Health and Wellbeing prepares doctoral-level professionals to:

    1. Improve outcomes for families around the world through scholarship, research, outreach, and advances in clinical practice, and
    2. Advance international perspectives of family, couple and individual health and well being (including physical, emotional, psychological and relational health);

    See Child, Youth and Family Studies for more information.

  6. Leadership Studies

    The interdepartmental doctoral program in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies is designed for individuals interested in the scholarly study of leadership. A firm foundation in leadership theory and research provides support to those interested in leadership development and practice in a variety of academic and professional settings. It is ideal for current and future leaders in: 

    • communities
    • government agencies
    • and private sector organizations. 

    Additionally, this program is designed to prepare those interested in faculty positions focused on researching and/or teaching leadership.

    See Leadership Education for more information.

    Admission Requirements

    • GRE:  Required.
    • Resume/CV: Your vitae should include a complete account of your academic and professional history along with your community activities, service, accomplishments, and awards.
    • Funding/Assistantship: If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, check the appropriate box(es) in the Funding question on the Additional Information page. A departmental representative will follow up individually about assistantship opportunities.
    • Personal Statement:
      1. Describe 1 to 3 personal and professional goals or objectives, and how this degree will help you achieve them.
      2. Describe how your past experience (work, volunteer, research, etc.) provides you a context for studying in this field.
      3. Describe how your interests align with research, extension, and/or creative activity of each of the faculty you list in the Faculty section.
    • Writing Sample:  Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your scholarly writing ability, for example a term paper, thesis, or published article.
    • Faculty: Identify at least one (max 3) faculty members in this department with whom you would like to work. Refer to program link above for lists of faculty and their research areas, and note required faculty component of Personal Statement.
  7. Material Culture and Textile Studies

    The goal of the Ph.D. in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design with a specialization in Material Culture and Textile Studies is to educate professionals and academics who can comprehensively apply theory, research, and knowledge in their respective and chosen career fields.

    Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the various applications and methodologies that incorporate and/or focus on object-based research as a primary means of studying the cultural, social, economic, political, and personal experiences of people, both past and present. Related fields such as (but not limited to) history, art history, anthropology, sociology and women’s and gender studies are included in the specialization to enhance students’ abilities to understand and apply concepts and theories from outside their particular area of expertise and contribute to the development of original research and advancement of knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of material culture.

    See Textiles for more information.

    Admission Requirements

    • Letter of application describing educational and career goals.
    • Resume
    • Three recommendation letters

  8. Merchandising

    The objective of a Doctor of Philosophy of Human Sciences with a specialization in Merchandising is to prepare future practitioners who can critically apply knowledge of merchandising practices to the soft-goods industry.  Learning innovative merchandising techniques, including the extensive use of technology, will provide students with applicable knowledge of the field.  Students will also learn and apply theory and research methods to address industry challenges. In addition, interdisciplinary knowledge, from fields such as marketing and educational psychology, will enhance students’ perspectives toward research.

    See Textiles for more information.

    Goals and objectives for the specialization in Merchandising include:

    1. Explore innovative merchandising techniques, including the extensive use of technology.
    2. Learn and apply theory and research methods to address industry challenges.
  9. Nutrition and Health Sciences

    The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences offers graduate degrees within Research Areas and Professional Specializations that are driven by the graduate faculty.

    See Nutrition and Health Sciences for more information.

    Admission Requirements

    • Assistantship:  To be considered for an assistantship, check the appropriate boxes on the Funding section of the Additional Information page and upload your completed Assistantship Application in the Assistantship section. https://cehs.unl.edu/nhs/assistantships/
    • Resume/CV
    • Personal Statement:  This statement is one of the most critical parts of your application. This is your opportunity to tell us about your personal and professional goals, why you desire a graduate degree in this area, and anything else that provides the Graduate Committee with a glimpse of "who you are." Demonstrate to the Graduate Committee that your goals have been well thought out and that you understand what you are getting into. If you have job and/or volunteer experience that is relevant to your academic pursuits, be sure to provide details. It is helpful to highlight your strengths, although you should also address any weaknesses (such as poor grades or low GRE scores) and describe how that will affect your success as a graduate student. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances that have hindered your academic progress, you should describe them in enough detail to help the Graduate Committee judge your application. (1-2 pages)
    • Faculty:  Identify at least one (max 3) graduate faculty members with whom you are applying to work. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact graduate faculty members before applying, as those who do not secure an advisor will be denied. Refer to program summaries for lists of faculty and their research areas.
  10. Textile Science

    See Textiles for more information.

    The goal of the Master in Science of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design with a specialization in Textile Science is to educate textile scientists who can comprehensively apply theory, academic research and application of knowledge to their specialties.  An in-depth look is taken at fundamental textile material science disciplines, as well as relevant interdisciplinary knowledge and technologies, in which students play a leading role in the future.  Related fields like chemistry and statistics are focused to enhance students’ abilities to solve complex problems within or outside their area of expertise and contribute to the development of textiles with original research.

    Goals and objectives for the specialization in Textile Science include:

    1. Apply theory, knowledge and academic research to specialties in the textile science field.
    2. Examine fundamental textile material science disciplines, which includes the study of interdisciplinary topics.
  11. Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
    See Textiles for more information.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

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