PhD – Developmental Psychology
Capella University

Program Details

Advanced study of how and why people change and develop can open doors to understanding human beings throughout their life cycle. With the Capella PhD in Developmental Psychology, you can choose to pursue an emphasis in areas such as child and adolescent development, adulthood and aging, and lifespan. Our program hones its coursework to focus on critical skills that provide in-depth study in your chosen field of interest.

In the PhD in Developmental Psychology program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time, when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

With your PhD in Developmental Psychology from Capella, you'll learn to synthesize principles and applications of developmental psychology theory and its evidence base, evaluate developmental psychology literature, and interpret knowledge of developmental psychology research and contribute to the field of psychology. You'll also learn to communicate knowledge about developmental psychology using accepted professional community standards.

Common jobs with an online PhD in Developmental Psychology include faculty position, center administrator, lecturer/speaker, program administrator or researcher. Potential workplaces include county or state agencies dedicated to different age groups, and colleges and universities.


Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

Basic requirements for all programs:

  • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Acknowledgement agreement
  • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
  • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
  • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

Minimum level of education required:

  • Master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three in-person, 4-day residency experiences are required.


School Accreditation Statement

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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