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MS in Developmental Psychology - Administration & Leadership

Walden's online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program was designed to build leaders in human development who promote institutional change. Find out more about this MS program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students thinking of applying to the Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program could be working in the field of health and human services or have a familiarity with the professional and organizational aspects of human development and psychology. Applicants are required to provide transcripts showing a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA. This program will also accept a master's degree with a 3.0 GPA. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students compelled to promote positive organizational change within the human development field can advance their leadership skills in the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program at Walden University. Courses examine theories of behavior pertaining to an institution as a whole, groups within an organization, and the individual. Students could learn techniques in motivation and team building as well as how to apply organizational and psychological research to meet goals. Learners also have the chance to gain an understanding of their role as a leader in implementing the best practices to handle challenges within an organization or for a client. Some topics explored include organizational assessment, conflict management, and strategic planning as well as skills related to the work of an organizational and professional development (OPD) consultant. This program aims to help students synthesize administrative skills in the area of human development and social services; it does not lead to licensure.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a Specialization in Administration and Leadership:

The curriculum for this program begins with an overview of developmental psychology and the basic principles applied to each phase of human development over a lifetime. Students take this course and another four core courses in addition to one graduate studies foundation course and three administration and leadership specialization courses. Students enrolled in the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology program with a specialization in Administration and Leadership at Walden University must complete a comprehensive paper as their capstone project to complete degree requirements. Degree and program information are subject to change; contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Gender and Human Development
  • Development in the Digital Age
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership and Leader Development
  • Consulting for Organizational Change

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students desiring to continue their academic training could advance their psychological research skills in social work or health services. Students could also choose to focus on organizational psychology concerning employee and institutional management. Graduates from Walden University's online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology program with a specialization in Administration and Leadership may be interested in enrolling in these doctoral programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Human Resource Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Human Services Nonprofit Administration

Career Paths:

Students who have completed this program could be able to assess organizations, use research in psychological development, and practice leadership techniques to meet the needs of human, social, and mental health service organizations. Graduates could also use their skills in team building and motivation as consultants, researchers, or administrators. A Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership from Walden University could prepare graduates for the following careers:

  • Research coordinator
  • Organizational and professional development consultant
  • Non-profit human services administrator

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