Research

Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.

Beginning with a core knowledge of developmental psychology and ethics, this specialization will provide you with advanced research skills related to methodology and analyses. You will gain knowledge of how to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as how to critically review the latest research in human development.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 110 quarter credits
    • Core courses (75 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • PhD residencies (4 four-day sessions)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 844-398-6088.

*DPSY 8111 Themes and Theories of Psychology, DPSY 8215 Lifespan Development, DPSY 8245 Social Psychology, RSCH 8110 Research, Theory, Design and Methods, DPSY 8701 Culture and Psychology, and RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

**Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology or Master’s Degree in Psychology

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DPSY 8002 Course Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8111 Course Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8245 Course Social Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8701 Course Culture and Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8121 Course Development in the Digital Age Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8218 Course Gender and Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8360 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8227 Course Language and Cognitive Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8228 Course Social and Emotional Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8700 Course Literature Review Credits (2 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8202 Course Survey Research Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 8115 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8460 Course Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DPSY 9000 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*Completing the program may require enrollment for additional terms and cost if the student petitions to extend the 8-year maximum time frame.

†20 credits is the minimum requirement for DPSY 9000 – Dissertation I–IV. Actual time to complete your dissertation depends on numerous factors and while some students complete with 20 credits, some take longer. Please contact your enrollment advisor.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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