Miriam College is a premier women's college in the Philippines. Founded in 1924, Miriam College offers programs at the basic, tertiary, post-graduate and adult education levels.

The institution supports specialized centers engaged in curriculum development, research, community outreach and advocacy in the fields of social development, peace education, environmental studies and women’s empowerment.

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PhD in Family Studies

The Doctorate Program in Family Studies seeks to develop highly trained professionals with a strong scientific and multidisciplinary perspective in the field of child development and family studies. Designed to develop an in-depth understanding of the family system, the courses are focused on the dynamics of relationships in the family and the impact of various agencies and systems on the individual and the family. Likewise, the program prepares professionals in the area of family life education, research, family advocacy, and administration of human service agencies.

What Will I Study?

The course uses a multi/interdisciplinary approach to the study of the family to enable the student-researcher-practitioner to gain a more holistic and integrated understanding and appreciation of the nature and characteristics of the family in its different dimensions as a universal institution, a social group, and a unique set of relationships. This approach draws heavily from the philosophical, sociological, anthropological and psychological foundations of the family.
The course examines advanced and recent theories in development psychology. Issues such as attachment, gender identity, cognition and emotion using a multidisciplinary approach will be discussed to understand the developmental changes across the life span of an individual. It likewise examines the various factors that contribute to those changes in each stage of the life cycle and how these changes influence human behavior. Special emphasis shall be placed on the Filipino experience/Developmental Psychology in the Philippines.
This course provides parents, community and school counselors with a presentation of family systems theories (Bowen, Minuchin, Satir among others). The course explores the theoretical and historical foundations of family systems theory and the family life cycle, and examines the predominant systems approaches for promoting change. Students will develop a personal family counseling style to facilitate systemic change.
The course deals with the rationale and nature of qualitative research and its validity as a scientific exercise in apprehending empirical data. It surveys conventional, non-conventional and transpersonal research methodologies that are currently practiced in various disciplines especially in the humanities, the social sciences and inter-disciplinary studies. It will give special attention to culturally-rooted qualitative research in the Filipino context.
The course examines the interior life of people who age – their feelings about themselves, their relationship with others, and their relationship with God. The course method will include a survey of the different approaches to and metaphors of aging, spiritual resources and reflection on life’s challenges and transitions in the later years.
  • Total Program Units: 61
  • Basic Courses: 13
    Major Courses: 24
    Electives: 12
    Dissertation: 12

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Career Paths


Graduates become family specialists and become involved as managers of Family Life and Family Wellness programs, resource persons for various issues related to children, parenting and the elderly, deans of academic institutions, educators, authors of family-oriented books and articles, and media personalities. They also provide the family perspective to spiritual direction, disaster prevention and management, and community development.

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