Doctor of Philosophy Course Progressions

The following are examples of course progressions for full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students in the Sex Therapy or Sexuality Education tracks. As a full-time student, it takes 3 years to complete coursework for the PhD degree. As a part-time student, it takes approximately 4 years to complete coursework for this degree. Coursework is followed by at least 2 academic years of dissertation.

Sexuality Education Track

Year 1

Fall
HSED 592 Concepts in Human Sexuality
HSED 593 Behavioral Foundations in Human Sexuality
HSED 510 Applications of Educational Research
Spring
HSED 643 Theories of Development and Education in Human Sexuality
HSED 644 Biological Foundations of Human Sexuality
HSED 625 Human Sexuality for the Education Professional I
Summer
HSED 714 Qualitative Research Methods
HSED Elective

Year 2

Fall
HSED 501 Cross Cultural Issues in Human Sexuality
HSED 594 History & Ethics of Human Sexuality
HSED Elective
Spring
HSED 626 Human Sexuality for the Education Professional II
HSED 690 Practicum in Sexuality Education
HSED 850 Quantitative Research Methods I
Summer
HSED 718 Sensitive Issues in Human Sexuality
HSED Elective

Year 3 & After

Fall
HSED 851 Quantitative Research Methods II
HSED 831 LIterature in Human Sexuality
HSED Elective
Spring
HSED 832 Theoretical Underpinnings of Human Sexuality
HSED Elective
Comprehensive Exams
Dissertation
HSED 901 Dissertation Seminar I
HSED 902 Dissertation Seminar II
HSED 903 Dissertation Seminar III (if needed, until proposal approved)
HSED 910 Dissertation Research (2 courses: 6 credits)
HSED 920 Dissertation Research (2 courses: 6 credits)
HSED 930 Dissertation Research (3 credits each Fall & Spring until completed)
Graduate with PhD

Clinical Track (PhD-only)*

Year 1

Fall
HSED 592 Concepts in Human Sexuality
HSED 593 Behavioral Foundations in Human Sexuality
HSED 562 Sex Therapy I
Spring
HSED 510 Applications of Educational Research
HSED 644 Biological Foundations of Human Sexuality
HSED 662 Sex Therapy II
Summer
HSED 714 Qualitative Research Methods
HSED Elective

Year 2

Fall
HSED 501 Cross Cultural Issues in Human Sexuality
HSED 695 Practicum in Clinical Sexology I
HSED 762 Sex Therapy III
Spring
HSED 624 Human Sexuality for the Counseling Professional
HSED 696 Practicum in Clinical Sexology II
HSED 594 History & Ethics
Summer
HSED 719 Sensitive Issues in Clinical Sexology
HSED 850 Quantitative Research Methods I
HSED Elective

Year 3 & After

Fall
HSED 851 Quantitative Research Methods II
HSED 831 Literature in Human Sexuality
HSED Elective
Spring
HSED 832 Theoretical Underpinnings of Human Sexuality
Comprehensive Exams
Dissertation
HSED 901 Dissertation Seminar I
HSED 902 Dissertation Seminar II
HSED 903 Dissertation Seminar III (if needed, until proposal approved)
HSED 910 Dissertation Research (2 courses: 6 credits)
HSED 920 Dissertation Research (2 courses: 6 credits)
HSED 930 Dissertation Research (3 credits each Fall & Spring until completed)
Graduate with PhD

*Note: Students earning their licensable, clinical mental health degree concurrently with the PhD in Human Sexuality Studies through one of our interdisciplinary programs follow a different course progression. Please see our Interdisciplinary Programs page for sample course progressions specific to those programs.