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
*The Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. University of the Rockies does not represent that this program meets certification or licensure requirements in any state. It is the student's responsibility to review any state certification or licensure requirements in their intended field of employment.
To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Human Services, you must successfully:
- Complete program coursework of 65 credits*
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
- Complete three non-credit In-residence Workshops**
- Complete dissertation requirements***
* Students entering the program with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in human services, human performance technology, human resource development, organizational leadership, or a related field are required to take 62 total program credits in order to meet graduation 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.
Certain facets of your doctoral coursework necessitate one-on-one or group interaction. 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 requirement.