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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.

Why Choose Walden?

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 up to a $3,000 Grant and $100 Book Voucher if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Details

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 48 quarter credits
    • Core courses (33 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum credits to complete the program. The number of credits and the time to completion for the program may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-596-8162.

Courses

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.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 48 quarter credit $535 per quarter hour $25,680
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $800


  $26,480*

*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-675-1072.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $2,500 to $3,500.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Grant and $100 Book Voucher if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Specializations

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.

Self-Designed

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

Program Outcomes

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.


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.

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