Community Resources and Development, PhD

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The PhD in community resources and development is a research-intensive doctoral degree program grounded in theory and designed to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers in higher education, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private-sector businesses. The program is based on the concept of building sustainable and healthy communities as the unifying principle in the established focus areas of community studies, nonprofit leadership and management, parks, recreation and leisure, and tourism development and management.

The theoretical and methodological approaches embedded in this program serve to integrate scholarship in these areas, in order for students to gain a more meaningful understanding of and impact on community life and dynamics.

The program is transdisciplinary in nature. The core faculty engaged in this program are housed in the School of Community Resources and Development. In addition, the program builds on current collaborations with faculty with related research interests from many ASU departments, schools and centers.

Program offered

Community Resources and Development, PhD

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadline

Applications are accepted once a year in the spring semester (due by February 1st) and students are granted admission for fall semester only.

Program requirements

Required Core (24 credit hours)
CRD 610 Sustainable Communities (3)
CRD 620 Community Research Methods (3)
CRD 640 Research Seminar in Community Resources and Development I (3)
CRD 650 Research Seminar II (3)
CRD 683 Fieldwork (3)
REC 502 Statistical and Data Analysis (3)
REC 555 Theoretical Perspectives in Community Development (3)
advanced statistics or methods (3)

Electives or Research (18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
CRD 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curricular Information
Up to 30 hours from a previously awarded master's degree can count toward the doctoral requirements.

All students are advised as a cohort initially by the doctoral program director. Students are required to take 24 credit hours of core coursework, 15 hours of which are with the cohort during the first year and six hours of which are with the cohort during the second year. Students are assigned an individual advisor or mentor at the end of the first year of study. A supervisory committee is also formed at the end of the first year which reflects the interests of the student and faculty.

Each student develops a plan of study in consultation with the doctoral program coordinator, advisor and supervisory committee. Students complete elective coursework, including courses from contributing disciplines, selected in consultation with their advisor to foster the transdisciplinary nature of the degree program. Students also complete at least six credit hours of CRD 792 Research and 12 credit hours of CRD 799 Dissertation. When the majority of coursework has been completed and before dissertation research is started, students must complete a written examination followed by an oral examination. These examinations must be completed within five years of admission.

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