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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
Our PhD in Psychology, Developmental Psychology program is designed
to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process.
This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through
program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online
resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin
your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and
online resources will help guide you every step of the way.
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.
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could be eligible for a discount.
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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. The program
includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to
get an early start on your dissertation.
|Course Number||Course Title|
|PSY7868||Qualitative Design and Analysis|
|PSY7510||Psychology of Personality|
|MPA5424||Policy Analysis and Research|
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.
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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.