Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology / Developmental Psychology
Liberty University

Program Details

Liberty’s 100% online Ph.D. in Psychology – Developmental Psychology track provides a core of advanced study and knowledge with a focus on studying the life stages of development from childhood to adulthood. Students in this program will engage in rigorous research training that will prepare them for careers in academia and research in the field of developmental behavior studies. Students will learn how to evaluate research through the lens of a biblical worldview, investigate specialized approaches to developmental issues in child psychology, develop an approach to treating adults with childhood trauma, and establish expertise in developmental growth studies through an integrated doctoral dissertation. Students can also take part in optional face-to-face on-campus intensives that will allow them to meet faculty and other students while they develop their professional and research skills. Students in the developmental psychology track focus further on how these skills and techniques apply to the challenges of each stage of life from childhood to adulthood. Through this understanding, behavioral sciences professionals gain insight into prevention and treatment methods that can help clients heal and grow. This program is ideal for students who want to pursue advanced studies in psychology while developing research in the field of human behavior studies, for those who want to enter higher education in psychology, and for those who want to leverage their expertise to consult in business and policy. Students who earn Liberty’s Ph.D. in Psychology – Developmental Psychology will be well-equipped to pursue roles as college professors, independent developmental psychology consultants, child and developmental psychology researchers, family psychologists, and developmental psychology policy consultants.

Requirements

  • Official college transcripts showing successful completion of a Masters degree
  • Students must have completed 12 hours in psychology at the undergraduate or graduate level, including courses in:
    • General psychology, statistics, research methods, and one additional course
    • If these prerequisites were met at the UG level, the bachelor’s degree will also be required for admissions
  • ​3.0 or above GPA
  • 2 recommender contact information
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Departmental approval

School Accreditation Statement

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.