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MS in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed

Walden University's Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed online program was developed for students to design their degree to conform to their professional and educational goals. Find out more about this Walden program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students should be able to think critically and possess research and communication skills to find success in this program. Students should also have an idea of what direction they would like their psychology studies to take. The online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed program at Walden University will admit students with either a bachelor's degree and a 2.5 GPA or a master's degree with a 3.0 GPA. The university will consider granting admission to students with a lower GPA on conditional enrollment or review by an admissions committee. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

In the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed program at Walden University students can create a curriculum that best meets the needs of their career and academic aspirations. Learners could advance psychological research and analyzing skills and unpack theories of human development over a lifetime. Courses delve into sex versus gender, stereotypes, ethical and social change, and body image. Students can also explore the impact of social and digital media in regards to psychology and learn strategies in diminishing issues like cyberstalking and online harassment. Students are able to mold their curriculum by electing their specialization classes from various genres including administration and leadership, gerontology, child and adolescent development, health and human development, and international perspectives 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 Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed:

Walden University's Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed online program begins with a foundation course and five core courses which give an overview of the world of developmental psychology as a profession. Students will choose and complete three specialization courses from any courses offered with each concentration. The program culminates with a research paper which serves as the capstone project. 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)

  • Students will choose any 3 of the following courses:
    • Language and Cognitive Development
    • Consulting for Organizational Change
    • Social and Emotional Development
    • International Perspectives on Human Development
    • Changing Health Behavior: Theory and Practice
    • Human Sexuality
    • Diversity in Child / Adolescent Development and Learning
    • Principles / Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis for Children and Adolescents
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Child and Adolescent Health
    • Women's Health
    • Culture and Psychology
    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • Health Psychology
    • Leadership and Leader Development
    • Contemporary Gerontology and Geriatric Psychology
    • Development in an Era of Global Crisis
    • Psychology of Work

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students can take their academic track in many directions upon completion of Walden University's Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed degree. They could pursue doctoral degrees in administrative, clinical, or theoretical and research aspects of psychology pertaining to human development, human and health services, and education. Students could also decide to pursue criminal psychology, mental health policy and law, and crisis leadership. Graduates might be interested in the following doctoral degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership

Career Paths:

Depending on the chosen concentration for the Master of Science in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed degree from Walden University, graduates can work with children and adolescents in a school or community organization or use their advanced research skills in a privately funded company. Students could also focus their skill set in healthcare, social services, within senior and nursing care facilities, at rehabilitation centers, or with immigrant and refugee communities. Some career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Mental health services administrator
  • Research coordinator
  • Family services case worker

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