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Explore our Online MS in Developmental Psychology

In Walden’s MS in Developmental Psychology online program, you can acquire and apply knowledge of human growth and development to advance your career in hospitals, advocacy organizations, research institutions, or nonprofits.

Our online master’s in developmental psychology program is geared toward the working professional. In this career-oriented program, you will interpret research and apply your learning to address the needs of diverse populations—and promote lasting change in the lives of children, teens, and adults.

The MS in Developmental Psychology program is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

Multiple Options

You can choose the General Program or six specializations to tailor your study to what interests you most.

Focus on today's issues

Study today’s most relevant issues such as development in the digital age and critical issues faced by populations such as children, the LGBTQ community, and the elderly.

Gain a Global Perspective

Gain a global perspective from a diverse community of faculty and students as you examine international issues such as mass migration and refugee crises.

Work Toward Your PhD

If you are interested in teaching, researching, or consulting, you can accelerate your progress toward a PhD by applying credits to Walden’s PhD in Developmental Psychology program.

Program Savings

Receive your Foundations Course at no cost and tech fee waived for your first term if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

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

Administration and Leadership

Learn theories and research regarding developmental psychology while gaining knowledge and skills in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership development, and consulting.

Adult Development and Gerontology

Apply the latest theories and research on adult development to impact people’s lives.

Child and Adolescent Development

Apply the latest theories and research on child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health to promote the well-being of children and adolescents in schools, communities, and families.

Health and Human Development

Apply the latest psychological research and theory in developmental psychology to real-world situations within healthcare and human and social services settings.

International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology

Learn how cultures impact human development; international perspectives on human development; and how current global crises impact development, including the physical and mental health of global populations.


This specialization provides you with maximum flexibility by allowing you to design a program that most closely matches your personal and professional goals.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

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.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Describe the theoretical foundations of developmental psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of developmental psychology in areas of cognitive, language, social, and emotional functioning across the human development lifespan.
  • Synthesize principles of developmental psychology theory and research.
  • Apply principles of developmental psychology theory and research to real-world educational, social, health, and other settings.
  • Interpret psychological theory and research related to developmental psychology.
  • Describe developmental psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  • Promote positive social change through the application of developmental psychology theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.

Career Outlook

With an MS in Developmental Psychology, you can work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Educational settings, including early childhood education centers
  • Community organizations
  • Senior centers or nursing and residential care facilities
  • Nonprofit human service organizations
  • Crisis intervention programs
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Research institutions
  • Mental health facilities
  • Advocacy and policy organizations
  • Individual and family services agencies
  • Youth and adult correctional facilities
  • Research, healthcare, or special education coordination and support organizations

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


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