Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology / Self-Designed
Walden University

Program Details

The Self-Designed specialization of Walden University’s PhD in Developmental Psychology offers students flexibility to choose courses that most closely align with their personal interests and professional goals. Along with foundation, core, and research courses, students will choose additional courses from within any of the PhD program’s specializations. 

The curriculum of this online Psychology degree provides advanced knowledge of human growth and development across the lifespan. Graduates can use the latest theories, research, and best practices to create lasting change for individuals, families, and communities. Two tracks are available to students: Track I is designed for students holding a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology or Psychology; Track II is offered to students with a master’s degree in another field.

Core class topics within the PhD in Developmental Psychology degree program include:

  • Culture and psychology
  • Lifespan development
  • Development in the digital age
  • Language and cognitive development
  • Social and emotional development

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island