Apply critical thinking skills to challenges and issues in
Design, plan, and conduct research and/or evaluation to advance
knowledge and practice in developmental psychology.
Apply scientifically established knowledge from the study of human
development and policy.
Discern and evaluate policy and advocacy processes regarding issues
across the life span to effect change.
Evaluate developmental processes and theories that address the needs
of individuals and diverse populations.
Adhere to ethical standards and guidelines in professional
Get real-world skills. Our Research in Psychology course allows you
to conduct research alongside Capella faculty.
Our applied teaching track program helps you gain experience as a teaching assistant or tutor to build your vitae and help your career.
Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral
faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.
Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who
want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.
At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think.
Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.
Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a
Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer
tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn
The online PhD in Psychology, Developmental Psychology curriculum
features a foundation of the science of psychology, while
specialization coursework provides depth. Specialize in child and
adolescent development, adulthood and aging, or lifespan.
Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program.
Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support
early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to
completing your degree.
Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.
|Course Number||Course Title|
|PSY7868||Qualitative Design and Analysis|
|PSY7510||Psychology of Personality|
|MPA5424||Policy Analysis and Research|
These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads).
They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for
Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their
fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need,
A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert
support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your
During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced
mentor who will help you to succeed.
Faculty member Jessica Emick, PhD, discusses the field and her own experience in advocacy.
Need help deciding between a PsyD and PhD? Learn the differences between these doctoral degree programs.
Learn more about Capella's PhD in Psychology program and available specializations.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online developmental psychology doctoral degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.