MS in Developmental Psychology

Acquire and apply knowledge of human growth and development.

In Walden’s online MS in Developmental Psychology program, you will apply theory, research, and practices in the field of developmental psychology to real-world settings.

In this program you will study relevant and current topics, including:

  • The impact of digital technology on human development
  • The needs of populations such as LGBTQ and refugees
  • How to make a lasting difference for people of all ages and backgrounds

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: January 8, 2024

Transfer Credits: Up to 24 credits

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Prepare yourself as a leader and administrator in the field of human development.
Focus on developmental aspects of adult life, which includes aging, work, sexuality, and geriatric psychology.
Focus on practical approaches to real-world challenges facing children and adolescents, such as bullying and obesity.
Apply the latest psychological research and theory in developmental psychology to real-world situations within healthcare and human and social services settings.
Learn how cultures impact human development, international perspectives on human development, and how current global crises impact development, including the physical and mental health of global populations.
Design a program that most closely matches your personal and professional goals.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of developmental psychology in areas of cognitive, language, social, and emotional functioning across the human development lifespan
  • Apply principles of developmental psychology theory and research to real-world educational, social, health, and other settings
  • Describe developmental psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective

More about our MS in Developmental Psychology program

With a master’s in developmental psychology, you may work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Community or family service organizations
  • Crisis intervention programs
  • Educational settings, including early childhood education centers and child care services
  • Individual, family, and child services organizations
  • Mental health facilities
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Research, healthcare, or special education coordination and support organizations
  • Senior centers or nursing and residential care facilities

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

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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Why earn your MS in Developmental Psychology at Walden?

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

Ginger Jenkins '19, '13, '11 | PhD in Psychology, MS in Forensic Psychology, BS in Psychology

This tuition reduction is only available to new students in good standing residing in California, Georgia, or Texas who begin classes on November 25, 2019. This offer may only be combined with the 10% tuition reduction for U.S.-based partner organizations, military reduction, or incremental offers. Student is responsible for other non-tuition costs, including but not limited to university and program and custom-related fees and taxes. The grant funds will be applied to the student’s account approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the start date and applied up to $400 per term for the first 5 consecutive terms after enrollment, beginning in the first term. Student must be enrolled continuously (without break) to receive full grant. Any unused portion due to a break in attendance will be forfeited.

Note on Licensure

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

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the MS in Developmental Psychology program: New Mexico, Washington and Wisconsin.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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