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PhD in Developmental Psychology - Administration & Leadership

The online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program from Walden University is geared towards current health services or social work professionals who want to take on greater responsibilities.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Once enrolled in Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program, students will select Track I or Track II. Students who are enrolling in Track I will need a master's degree in human services or a similar field that includes social work, counseling, or psychology. Those students who have a master's degree in a non-related field of study must take Track II. Students must possess excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Applicants to Walden University's doctoral programs should have a master's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

With coursework in cognitive development and social psychology, Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program is designed to prepare future administrators. In part, it focuses on the development of competencies in areas that include consulting, organizational behavior, and leadership development. Students could be able to expand their knowledge of the applications of organizational psychology as well as group dynamics and conflict management strategies. As they study, program participants may become better able to lead others and facilitate positive organizational change.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

80 or 110 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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 a Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership:

All Track I students must earn 80 credits to graduate from Walden University's Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program. Students in Track II must accumulate 110 credits. The curriculum is made up of doctoral writing assessment, foundation, core, specialization, research, capstone, or dissertation coursework. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Track I

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credit hours)

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Course (3 credit hours

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (25 credit hours)

  • Development in the Digital Age
  • Gender and Development
  • Language and Cognitive Development
  • Research Foundations
  • Social and Emotional Development

Specialization Courses (15 credit hours)

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

Research Courses (10 credit hours)

  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Capstone Dissertation Preparation Course (7 credit hours)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Literature Review

Dissertation Writing Courses (20 credit hours)

  • Doctoral Dissertation

Track II

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credit hours)

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Course (3 credit hours

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (40 credit hours)

  • Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Culture and Psychology
  • Development in the Digital Age
  • Gender and Development
  • Language and Cognitive Development
  • Social and Emotional Development

Specialization Courses (15 credit hours)

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

Research Courses (25 credit hours)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Capstone Dissertation Preparation Course (7 credit hours)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Literature Review

Dissertation Writing Courses (20 credit hours)

  • Doctoral Dissertation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

When students graduate from Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Administration and Leadership program, they could have the theoretical and practical knowledge required to assume leadership roles in the field. In addition to universities, hospitals, and human services organizations, employment might be sought in advocacy organizations and the entertainment industry. Qualified graduates might pursue roles such as:

  • Developmental psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Professor
  • Administrator
  • Consultant

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