In this timely, relevant program, you apply your understanding of human growth and development to current topics such as technology in the digital age and the needs of populations such as the LGBTQ community and refugees.

Through our PhD in Developmental Psychology, you can benefit from:

  • Career-focused specializations.
  • Relevant curriculum.
  • Engagement with a global community.
  • Face-to-face residencies.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 66 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 53 credits

Choose the General Program or one of seven specializations:

  • Administration and Leadership
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Health and Human Development
  • International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Self-Designed

Course content

In this program, you will:

  • Synthesize theory and research in the physical, cognitive, emotional, health, social, and cultural aspects of human development.
  • Evaluate how key issues and seminal works within the field of developmental psychology (including the areas of the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of human development) apply to human development across the lifespan.
  • Apply theory and research in the practice of a developmental psychologist.
  • Synthesize developmental psychology theory and research in the areas of cognitive, neurological, emotional, physical, social, and cultural aspects of human development.
  • Describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations—including but not limited to those defined by race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability—from a developmental psychology perspective

More about our PhD in Developmental Psychology program

  • Career Options

    A PhD in Developmental Psychology can help prepare you for a broad range of careers, which may include researcher, consultant, teacher, or administrator.* Graduates of degree programs in developmental psychology may seek employment in:

    • Academic institutions
    • Entertainment industry (toy/game or media)
    • Public and private hospitals
    • Early childhood and other education centers
    • Community youth organizations
    • Nursing, residential care, or mental health facilities
    • Nonprofit human service organizations
    • Crisis intervention programs
    • Rehabilitation and senior centers
    • Advocacy and policy organizations
    • Individual and family services

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the PhD in Developmental Psychology program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Developmental Psychology program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Developmental Psychology at Walden?

  • Accomplished Faculty

    Many of our faculty members hold doctoral degrees across a spectrum of specialty areas.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Research Your Passion

    Focus their dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you.

Note on Licensure

The PhD in Developmental Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.



“I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum."

Ginger Jenkins | MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate, PhD in Psychology Student