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PhD Developmental in Psychology

With a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Walden University, you can drive positive change in the lives of individuals, families, 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.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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“My goals and my coursework may not seem to match but they do. I am proof that a degree can lead to different careers that people may not have thought possible.”

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Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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Learning Outcomes

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


In this full doctoral program in the area of developmental psychology, you can choose from unique specializations to help you focus your studies on your interests and career goals.

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

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

Why Our PhD in Developmental Psychology?

Relevant Curriculum — In this doctoral program, you will apply the latest theories to timely topics such as development in the digital age and international health issues.
Accomplished Scholars - 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
Exceptional Student Support — Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Career-Focused Specializations — Focus your research on the areas that interest you most.
Global Community — Engage and network with faculty and students from around the world.

For assistance deciding which specialization fits your goals, call an enrollment advisor at:


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

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.

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