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PH.D. H.B. (2-4y)

Program Objectives:

The Ph.D. in Human Behavior covers topics in research methodology, human development and behavior, and promotes indepth understanding of behavior within diverse populations and age-groups, such as addictive behaviors, sexuality, family issues, aging, stress, etc. The obtained knowledge provides the basis for better understanding human beings and their behavior and allows the learners to strengthen their leadership and communication skills.


This program targets participants who are primarily interested in non-clinical/non-treatment leadership or consulting positions in social and behavioral service organizations, or faculty positions in higher educational institutions. The Ph.D. in Human Behavior is not designed to meet the licensure requirements for professions in counseling, psychology, or social work.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able :

  1. to evaluate and assess relevant theories and best practices in the field of human behavior and to integrate multicultural awareness and respect for diversity of human beings and their behavior; 

  2. to conduct and execute valid, reliable, and ethical research in the field of behavioral sciences and to address key social and behavioral issues.

  3. to evaluate factors that affect individual or group perception and response to social and behavioral issues and services; 

  4. to communicate professionally through writing and effective interactions.


Admission Prerequisites:

The Ph.D. in Human Behavior requires a Master's Degree in an appropriate field from an acceptable institution.


Program Requirements:

The Ph.D. in Human Behavior program requires one-hundred and five (105) quarter units above the Bache­lor's Degree. 

The Doctor of Philosphy in Human Behavior (Ph.D.) Curriculum:

Core Courses:

HB 703: Adult Development (5)

HB 705: Human Nature and Behavior (5)

HB 706: Values, Laws and Ideologies (5)

HB 709: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (5)

Elective Courses: (Select a minimum of 15 credits):

HB 601: The Creative Manager (5)

HB 603: Cross-Cultural Values (5)

HB 606: International Relations & World Politics (5)

HB 607: Women in the World (5)

HB 611: Cross Cultural Psychology (5)

HB 612: Psychology of Religion (5)

HB 614: Cross Cultural Counseling (5)

HB 614: Cross Cultural Counseling (5)

HB 615: Organized Crime (5)

HB 616: Organizational Relations (5)

HB 694: Directed Study (5)

HB 695: Independent Research & Presentation (5)

Graduation Assignment:

HB 797: *Dissertation I (Ph.D. only) (5)

HB 798: *Dissertation II (Ph.D. only) (5)

HB 799: *Dissertation III (Ph.D.only) (5)

In certain instances, participants may select additional electives from the 600 series under the M.A. in Psychology degree program. Courses already taken to meet the requirements of the Master’s degree cannot be applied to Doctoral requirements. The request for access to alternative elective courses from a different program must be properly substantiated and should both contribute to an improved matching of the student's personal goals and objectives as well as ensure that the overall program integrity is not harmed. In addition, selected elective courses may not have been previously taken and require permission by faculty advisor.

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