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Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Advance your knowledge with an online PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Psychology from Capella University. This program is designed to give a deep understanding of how people grow and change.

Learn ways to encourage well-being and psychological health as a teacher, researcher, or policy and care advocate.

Relevant, real-world learning

Your psychology coursework allows you to conduct research in consultation with Capella faculty.

Complementary coursework approach

Get direct, intensive experience with virtual residencies that enhance your online coursework and help you complete your program successfully.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty actively engaged in their professions.

Classes start December 5

Use the code AUTUMN to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core courses
  • 9 Specialized courses
  • 24 max transfer credits
  • 3 Doctoral Project Development Seminars
  • Comprehensive exam

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

What can you do with a PhD in Psychology degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a doctoral degree in developmental psychology.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Developmental psychologist
  • Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Policy consultant/advocate
  • Program administrator/ director

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health care/medical center
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Group home
  • Social service agency
  • Early childhood education program
  • Child and family service agency
  • Research and assessment organization
  • Advocacy organization

*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.

Articles and resources

Expand your perspective on academic and career topics with articles and resources from Capella University.

Developmental Psychology: Making a Difference through Advocacy

Faculty member Jessica Emick, PhD, discusses the field and her own experience in advocacy.

What’s it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience and explore each step of the journey.