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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences:
MS in Developmental Psychology

The focus of this program is on analysis and application of the theories, methods, approaches, and principles of developmental psychology. The MS in Developmental Psychology and its specializations will include courses in developmental themes and theories; cognitive development; language acquisition; social and emotional development; family processes, peer influence, and relationships; the impact of digital media on development; international perspectives on development, gerontology, health behavior, administration and leadership; developmental psychopathology; behavior analysis; and the study of gender, culture, and human development. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of developmental psychology to promote positive social change in the lives of children, teens, adults, and the community.

Note on Licensure

The MS in Developmental Psychology is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS in Developmental Psychology program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical foundations of developmental psychology.
  2. Apply principles of developmental psychology in areas of cognitive, language, social and emotional functioning across the human development lifespan.
  3. Interpret psychological theory and research related to developmental psychology.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of developmental psychology theory and research to real world educational, social, health, and other settings.
  5. Describe developmental psychological research and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  6. Promote positive social change through the application of developmental psychology theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.

Degree Requirements

  • Total 48 quarter credits
  • Foundations (3 quarter credits)
  • Core courses (33 quarter credits)
  • Specialization courses (15 quarter credits)
  • Capstone (5 quarter credits)

Core Curriculum

Foundation Course (3 credits)

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Capstone Course (5 credits)

Course Sequence

Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

DPSY 6002 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology

3 credits

DPSY 6111 - Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology

5 credits
Quarter 2

DPSY 6215 - Lifespan Development

5 credits

DPSY 6218 - Gender and Human Development

5 credits
Quarter 3

DPSY 6121 - Development in the Digital Age

5 credits

RSCH 6110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

5 credits
Quarter 4 Specialization Course 1 5 credits
Specialization Course 2 5 credits
Quarter 5 Specialization Course 3 5 credits

DPSY 6393 - Capstone

5 credits