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Civil Society & Community Research (PhD)

This program focuses on theoretical foundations of grassroots organizations, nonprofits, voluntary associations, and social networks that strive to benefit the common good. With an emphasis on mixed-method inquiries that integrate participatory approaches with advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis, this program prepares students to use the processes of research and outreach to strengthen and make a positive impact on civil society.

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Consumer Behavior & Family Economics (PhD)

The PhD program in Human Ecology: Consumer Behavior and Family Economics develops scholars able to apply social science theories to understanding household and consumer interactions within the marketplace and the public sector. Students undertake research on consumer decision-making affecting the social and economic well-being of individuals and families. This is a multi-disciplinary degree program.

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Community & Nonprofit Leadership, Capstone Certificate

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Community-Engaged Scholarship Graduate/Professional Certificate and Doctoral Minor

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Design + Innovation (MS)

The Master of Science in Design + Innovation is an interdisciplinary and collaborative program created to teach students to understand multiple perspectives of design to find new and creative solutions to real-life issues. Our specialized learning tracks provide students with depth in areas of application such as product design, UI/UX design, communication design, and design strategy. Students will graduate with cross-disciplinary skills applicable to a range of creative design career opportunities.

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Design Studies (MFA, PhD)

Our degree options are for students interested in design and its relationship with human environments, the human body, textiles and other material objects. It is highly flexible, as each student works closely with their advisor and graduate committee to design a custom-fit curriculum, preparing students for professional design careers, art careers, specialized research, teaching in higher education, museum or archival work, community engagement, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Human Development & Family Studies (PhD, Doctoral Minor)

Among the top of its kind nationally, the graduate program in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison provides challenging opportunities for advanced study, research, and outreach. HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to development across the lifespan leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Students who enter the PhD program without a master’s degree complete their master’s degree along the way.

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Human Ecology (MS)

SoHE’s professional Master of Science in Human Ecology is an applied program aimed at preparing professionals who want to solve real societal problems and take on leadership roles within organizations that promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

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