Requirements for the Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
The Developmental Psychology program prepares students for careers in research and teaching and provides students with the theoretical perspectives and methodological skills needed for advanced scholarly work.
During their first year in the program, students take core courses in developmental psychology, research methods, and quantitative methods. After their first semester, students also take more advanced seminars in developmental psychology, as well as courses in other areas of psychology represented in the department. During their first year, students also participate in one or more faculty members' research. As students progress in the program, they are expected to do more independent research; a masters thesis is expected at the end of the second year. Students take a comprehensive exam in developmental psychology in their third year and then begin their dissertation research. Effective teaching skills are encouraged through feedback from faculty in course presentations and informal seminars and through experience as teaching assistants. More advanced students also have opportunities to teach classes.