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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. 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.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, dissertation research seminars, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

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. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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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.

To learn more, call 866.933.5902, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.