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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 across the lifespan.

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 August 5

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • GuidedPath
  • 7 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses
  • 3 Virtual residencies
  • 4 Dissertation courses
  • 84 Total quarter credits (24 Max transfer)

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with a PhD in Psychology, Developmental Psychology?

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 psychology instructor
  • Assistant/associate/full professor
  • Child and adolescent case manager
  • Child development director
  • Children’s director
  • Director of child and family services
  • Director of family life
  • Early childhood professional

Employment settings to explore

  • Child care services
  • Civic and social organizations
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Community colleges
  • Educational support services
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Individual and family services
  • Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities

*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. Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.