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Impact scholarship and your career with a PhD in Developmental Psychology.

Prepare to investigate, apply, and teach innovative concepts in human development as a researcher, faculty member, administrator, or consultant. Walden’s doctoral program in developmental psychology includes coursework in sound psychology research methods, and how to view contemporary issues impacting mental health and human development across the life span through the lens of your results.

Why Choose Walden?  

Elevate your career.

Prepare for thought-leadership roles in a broad variety of workplace settings as you deepen your expertise in developmental psychology.

Gain contemporary skills.

Our globally relevant curriculum explores today’s most pressing issues through a multicultural lens, and examines their impact on human development across the lifespan.

Claim your niche.

Align your studies to your personal and professional goals: Choose the General Program or one of seven specializations and master your knowledge in an area of human development that interests you most.

Learn from leaders.

Each of our PhD in Developmental Psychology faculty members is a scholar-practitioner with a doctoral degree and demonstrated experience in their respective fields.

Program Savings

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a master's degree in developmental psychology or psychology.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you have a GPA of 3.0 on bachelor’s degree or master's degree in another discipline.

General Program Specialization


Four academic residencies

 support your progress at key points in your doctoral journey. Residencies also strengthen your scholarly and professional connections.

Earn Your Master of Philosophy Degree Along the Way

Walden understands the rigors involved with preparing for your doctorate. To signify how far you’ve come on your journey, you will be eligible to be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.

Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements
Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your online PhD in Developmental Psychology requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Savings

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General Program

Gain a broad understanding of developmental psychology and how you can apply its principles across the life span.

Administration and Leadership

Focus on the latest theories and research in developmental psychology and gain knowledge and skills in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership development, and consulting.

Child and Adolescent Development

Learn to apply the latest theories and research on child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health issues affecting children and adolescents.

Health and Human Development

Explore the psychology of health and human behavior, and learn to apply current research to healthcare, social services, and other workplace settings.

International Perspectives

Discover how cultures and crises impact human development, and apply this knowledge toward understanding and addressing the physical and mental health of global populations.


Build foundational knowledge in developmental psychology and ethics while honing advanced skills in research methodology and analysis. Sharpen your quantitative and qualitative research skills and learn to critically review the latest research in human development.


Choose any five courses from among the PhD in Developmental Psychology program offerings to align your expertise with your personal and professional goals.


In our Teaching specialization, you will learn to apply developmental theories and the latest research in human development to the science of learning and instruction.

Program Outcomes

Solidify Your Professional Identity

Blending relevant theories with practical skills, Walden’s doctoral program in developmental psychology equips you to impact the field as an expert developmental psychologist. Learn to apply your knowledge of human behavior, informed by foundational and original research, toward promoting positive social change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a PhD in Developmental Psychology?

Across the country and around the world, people of all ages face unprecedented challenges that require sophisticated expertise to address. With a PhD in Developmental Psychology, you can help shape the future of the field—and its application to society’s most pressing issues.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, job prospects in the field of psychology are best for those who hold a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.1 Together with the fact that employment opportunities in postsecondary education are expected to grow by 9% between now and 20292—outpacing average growth for all other occupations—a doctorate in developmental psychology can open new career opportunities.

A PhD in Developmental Psychology can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  • College professor
  • Nonprofit program administrator
  • Early childhood education consultant
  • Policy researcher

A PhD in Developmental Psychology can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Educational services
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s PhD in Developmental Psychology program, you will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize developmental psychology theory and research in the physical, cognitive, emotional, health, social, and cultural aspects of human life span development.
  • Evaluate how key issues and seminal works within the field apply to human development across the life span—including physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural aspects.
  • Produce independent scholarly research utilizing basic and advanced research methods.
  • Apply theory and research to the practice of developmental psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply results of evidence-based developmental psychology research in various institutions and organizations concerned with issues impacting human development.
  • Describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations (including, but not limited to, race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability) from a developmental psychology perspective.
  • Apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) in developmental psychology research, practice, and professional settings.
  • Discuss how social and political issues, policies, and events impact the field of developmental psychology.
  • Engage in professional activities related to developmental psychology that promote positive social change.


Meet Your Program Director

  • Sreeroopa Sarkar

    Sreeroopa Sarkar

    Program Director

    Dr. Sarkar’s areas of interest include mental health promotion within the school setting, cross-cultural and international research related to mental health and gender issues, and human development. She has presented extensively at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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