UC Davis Human Development Graduate Program

The UC Davis Human Development Graduate Group (HDGG) offers two graduate programs, one which leads to a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Human Development and one which leads to a Master’s degree (MS) in Child Development.  Applications are due December 15, 2017.  For admissions information and degree requirements please visit: https://humandevelopment.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students

Located in Davis, California, just northeast of the San Francisco Bay area, UC Davis supports a diverse and international community of individuals from many backgrounds, perspectives and identities.  Our unique graduate group system takes an interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to study biological, cognitive and socio-emotional development across the lifespan from infancy through late adulthood and aging.

The benefits of our graduate group structure are that students can take coursework within various departments, work with faculty in departments and labs on and off campus, and focus on human development issues from a variety of perspectives. Our current students work with faculty members in some of the following departments/schools/centers: Human Development, Community Development, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Nutrition, the School of Education, the Center for Poverty Research, the Center for Mind and Brain (CMB), the UCD Medical Center, and the Medical Investigation of Neurological Disorders (MIND) Institute.

With over 50 faculty members from a variety of backgrounds taking part in the Human Development Graduate Group, our students have the opportunity to engage in study and innovative research on topic areas within social, educational, developmental, mental health, and basic sciences with some of the key professionals in their fields. Topic areas include but are not limited to: family functioning, stress, culture, neighborhoods, cognition, brain development, genetics, mental health problems, prevention and intervention, and research methodology. For a list of our faculty and their professional and research interests, visit:


For more information about the Human Development Graduate Group and about UC Davis and the surrounding university community, visit:https://humandevelopment.ucdavis.edu  and