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MS in Developmental Psychology - General

The online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program at Walden University was designed to teach students the principles and practices of developmental psychology. Learn more about Walden's online MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program at Walden University may have some professional experience in psychology or an interest in working in the area of human development. Students will need established research, reading, and writing skills and either a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA or with a master's degree and 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 who choose Walden University's online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program could gain a comprehensive understanding of developmental psychology and the developmental phases of life. Students have the chance to examine the basics of cognitive development as well as explore how language is learned and how to recognize disorders in language and behavior. Courses may cover topics like peer relationships, social identity, gender differences, the impact of retirement, and the way culture influences human development. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn how digital media affects people at different stages of their life and how it can be used to find resources and support. This program does not lead to licensure.

Learning Format:


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 - General Program:

The online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program at Walden University requires students to complete five core developmental psychology courses and three specialization courses. The specialization courses give an overview of human development, and students can choose to focus on either childhood and adolescence or international populations. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

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)

  • Language and Cognitive development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Students will choose one of the following courses:
    • Diversity in Child / Adolescent Development and Learning
    • International Perspectives on Human Development

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates from the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program at Walden University could choose to advance into a variety of tracks for their doctoral studies in psychology depending on their interests. Clinical professional licensing, human development, teaching, administration, and research are some examples of areas they may choose for further study. Students may consider these doctoral-level programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

Career Paths:

Graduates from this program could be able to apply theories, practices, and advanced research directly in the workplace. Graduates from Walden University's Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - General program could seek work in settings like healthcare, education, the government, private companies, and community programs and organizations. Graduates may be able to help provide services to individuals and groups in the following job positions:

  • Mental health services advocate
  • Researcher for a public or private hospital
  • Special education coordinator

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