Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Completion of HDLC M.A. Degree or equivalent program in educational, developmental, or cognitive psychology or a related field. This includes the following courses or equivalents:

EPSE 501 (3)   Seminar in Human Development, Learning and Culture

EPSE 503 (3)   Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development and Media

EPSE 505 (3)   Foundations in Human Development: Infancy to Adulthood

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program in HDLC is individually tailored to balance program requirements with each student’s academic preparation toward professional and career goals. Specific coursework requirements are developed by each student in consultation with her/his academic advisor and faculty advisory committee, as outlined on the individualized Program of Graduate Studies (PGS). All Doctoral students are required to complete the following courses at a minimum. If students would like to explore taking an alternative course instead of one of the required ones, please refer to the HDLC’s Principles Page.

HDLC Content Requirements (6 to 12 credits)

EPSE 604 (3/6)   Advanced Topics in Human Development, Learning and Culture

EPSE 606 (3)   College and University Teaching [required course for Graduate Teaching Assistants]

and one relevant 500 or 600 level course outside the primary area of specialization

HDLC Research and Methodology Requirements (6 to 12 credits)

By the end of their coursework, students in the HDLC Ph.D. Program are expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in research methodology that will enable them to (a) conduct their doctoral research and (b) teach courses that entail a level of research literacy at the senior undergraduate level or above (quantitative and/or qualitative). HDLC Doctoral students must complete at least two advanced courses in research methodology: one or two courses concerned with qualitative methodological approaches, and/or one or two courses concerned with quantitative methodological approaches.

Additional Content Requirements (6 credits)

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor and faculty advisory committee, will identify and enroll in courses that engage them in an exploration of theories, research, and methodologies that are relevant to their Doctoral Thesis. A record of this coursework should be documented on the individualized Program of Graduate Studies (PGS).

Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive Examinations are required of all Ph.D. students following completion of their coursework and prior to embarking on their doctoral research. Details regarding requirements for the Comprehensive Examinations are available at http://ecps-educ.sites.olt.ubc.ca/human-development-learning-and-culture/hdlc-graduate-programs/hdlc-phd-program/phd-comprehensive-exam/.

Doctoral Thesis

All HDLC Ph.D. students are required to complete a Doctoral Thesis (EPSE 699). Details regarding requirements for the Doctoral Thesis are available at http://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/dissertation-thesis-preparation.