Program requirements

MA program (at least 30 credits)

The MA program requires full-time resident study and should be completed within two years.

  • 6 credits of Developmental core program courses (see listing below)
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 3 credits of PSYC courses outside the Developmental area
  • thesis (18 credits)

In addition, certain students may be required to complete additional courses or other undertakings because of deficiencies in their preparatory background; these requirements are specified by the program in coordination with the Graduate Student Progress Committee in writing during the first term of the student’s residence in the program.

Note: Students completing the MA program must apply for acceptance into the PhD program; acceptance depends upon the quality of the masters-level work.

PhD program (at least 12 credits)

Full academic year residency is required for PhD students until the attainment of candidacy.

  • 6 credits of Developmental core program courses (see listing below)
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 3 credits of PSYC courses outside the Developmental area
  • comprehensive examination (see the current Graduate Student Handbook for details)
  • dissertation

Core program courses

Developmental students must take at least four (3-credit) courses from the following list during their graduate studies (MA and PhD). Not all courses are offered each year, and other courses may be substituted on a case-by-case basis with approval from the student’s supervisor, area, and Director of the Graduate Program.

PSYC 513 – Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 521 – Psycholinguistics
PSYC 584 – Language Development in Infancy and Childhood
PSYC 585 – Special Topics in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 586 – Developmental Psychology
PSYC 587 – Cognitive Development
PSYC 588 – Special Topics in Social and Personality Development
PSYC 589 – Moral Development