Top Ranking Child Psychology Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Learn about some of the top-ranking schools in the nation to offer graduate programs in child psychology. Get program and ranking details for two of these schools, and see a list of other top contenders.

Schools Overviews

Child psychology is a specialty that deals with the mental and social development of pre-adolescents. Many highly ranked graduate schools offer child psychology programs across the nation, including the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Yale University in Connecticut. The University of Minnesota has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its child psychology program in particular, while Yale is an Ivy League school that ranks among the top ten universities in the U.S. Both schools offer Ph.D. programs in child psychology.

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

School Highlight: The University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development is one of the oldest centers for the study of child development in the country.

The Department of Child Psychology (also called the Institute of Child Development) at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers several graduate degree programs about and related to child psychology, such as social work and human development. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked this as the best graduate school in the nation for developmental psychology. Graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. in Child Psychology. Students can select an area of focus, including psychology, educational psychology, and neuroscience. Most graduates obtain careers in research or academia related to child psychology.

2. Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut

School Highlight: Yale's psychology department has ties to numerous renowned research centers, such as the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and the Yale Parenting Center.

According to U.S. News and World Report's rankings in 2013, Yale University ranked #11 among graduate developmental psychology programs in the nation. Yale University's Department of Psychology offers graduate programs in developmental psychology, with topics in social development, moral cognition, and causal understanding. The developmental psychology graduate program is also closely linked to child psychology and pediatrics through the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Haskin Laboratories and the Child Study Center.

Top Child Psychology Graduate Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Pennsylvania State University - University Park Students have access to the Child Study Center, which supports five research facilities and a federally funded graduate training program.University Park, PA
University of California, Berkeley The university provides post-bac students with hands-on career counseling and planning assistance. Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Students can access seven developmental laboratories as well as a Child Development Laboratory. Champaign, IL
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill UNC tied for the #5 spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 ranking of graduate developmental psychology schools. Chapel Hill, NC
University of Virginia The University hosts the annual L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference. Charlottesville, VA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Students can participate in the Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP), which provides mentorship and professional development to those from underrepresented populations. Madison, WI

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