Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services
Be a helping hand to some of society’s most vulnerable citizens with your doctorate in human services from the Golden State College. You will explore all facets of the human services field while developing the leadership skills to guide human services organizations.
Your Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services explores the history, systems, theories, strategies, and policies of the human services field. You will also develop your research and scholarship skills as you work toward the preparation of your doctoral dissertation. This doctorate degree in human services is designed to not only advance your knowledge as a human services professional but also to prepare you for the requirements associated with your specialization of choice. When you graduate with the PhD in Human Services, Standard Program of Study, you will be able to:
Design research related to human services theories and systems
Critique incorporation of social justice matters in human services organizations
Assess human services performance structures, capacity building, and talent development implementation strategies
Evaluate concepts, skills, and policies and initiatives that are fundamental to ethical and legal practice in the human services settings
Formulate strategies to navigate the complexities of human services systems based on best practices
Advocate for specific strategies, standards, policies, practices, and service delivery methods using multiple communication methods
This PhD program also requires you to focus your studies by selecting a specialization that aligns with your career and research interests. When pursuing your PhD in human services from the Golden State College, you will join students who have diverse interests and a shared passion for helping others and empowering their communities.
Total number of credits: 62 credits
Core Course Requirements: 33 credits
Research Course Requirement: 3 credits
Capstone and Dissertation Course Requirements: 11 credits
Specialization Course Requirements: 15 credits
To be awarded the PhD in Human Services, you must complete the program coursework of 62 credits with a 3.00 minimum cumulative grade point average. You will need to complete three (3) non-credit In-Residence Workshops.* You will also need to complete all Dissertation requirements.**
*For the PhD in Human Services, you are required to attend three In-Residence weekend workshops.
**As a requirement for graduation from the Golden State College with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), each student must complete and successfully defend a Dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.
The PhD in Human Services includes 11 core courses, plus one (1) elective research course, five (5) specialization courses, and a capstone seminar. The coursework leads up to your doctoral dissertation, which includes two (2) dissertation planning courses as well as five (5) units of the dissertation course. The doctorate in human services courses are instructed by faculty members who all have earned doctorates themselves. These qualified faculty members will enliven your discussions by teaching theory that they themselves have used in their professional careers.
Core, Research, Capstone, and Dissertation Course Requirements: (47 credits)
Note: you must select either RES 7415 or RES 7440 to fulfill the Research Course Requirement.
DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar
HUM 7100 History & Systems of Human Services
HUM 7160 Organizational Operations & Human Services Administration
HUM 7175 Program Review & Evaluation
HUM 8105 Applied Human Services Policy
HUM 8115 Theories & Strategies of Community Development & Advocacy
ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership
RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I
RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II
RES 7400 Research Design & Methods - Quantitative
RES 7410 Research Design & Methods - Qualitative
RES 7415 Advanced Statistics
RES 7440 Advanced Study in Qualitative Research
RES 7480 Evidence-Based Practice
RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I
RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II
RES 8990 Dissertation