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Developmental Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Overview

Advanced study of how and why people change and develop can open doors to understanding human beings throughout their life cycle. With the Capella PhD in Developmental Psychology, you can choose to pursue an emphasis in areas such as child and adolescent development, adulthood and aging, and lifespan to increase your depth of knowledge and pursue your goals. Our program hones its coursework to focus on critical skills that provide in-depth study in your chosen field of interest.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In the PhD in Developmental Psychology program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

 Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Developmental Psychology, from Capella, you'll learn to synthesize principles and applications of developmental psychology theory and its evidence base, evaluate developmental psychology literature, and interpret knowledge of developmental psychology research and contribute to the field of psychology. You'll also learn to communicate knowledge about developmental psychology using accepted professional community standards.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Developmental Psychology include faculty position, center administrator, lecturer/speaker, program administrator or researcher. Potential workplaces include county or state agencies dedicated to different age groups, and colleges and universities.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start January 8th

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$525 per credit, 107 total quarter credits, 25 max transfer credits

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Ways to Save

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MPA5424 Policy Analysis and Research
MPH5506 Social and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health
NHS6004 Health Care Law and Policy
PSY7510 Psychology of Personality
PSY9001 Research in Psychology

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

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Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you'll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you to succeed.

Ready for the Next Step?

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