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PhD in Developmental Psychology

Drive positive change in the lives of individuals and communities.

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: May 30, 2017
Duration: 66 months
Transfer Credits: Up to 53 credits
Limited-Time Offer: $5,000 grant for eligible students

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Prepare yourself as a leader and administrator in the field of human development.
Learn to apply the latest theories and research on child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health issues affecting children and adolescents.
Gain an understanding of the relationship between health, health behavior, and human development.
Focus on how humans develop throughout the world and how their development can be interpreted.
Gain the skills to understand the factors that impact human development and behavior.
Design your own program of study. This offering provides you with maximum flexibility to design a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.
Apply developmental theories and the latest research in human development to the science of learning and instruction.

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

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.

A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into this 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.

Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 8552035779, to learn more about tuition costs for this 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.

Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your PhD in Developmental Psychology at Walden?

Ginger Jenkins

“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

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.