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The Department of Psychology formally established a Ph.D. program in Human Development in 1965. Areas of study include the full spectrum of the human lifespan. This program has produced nearly 75 Ph.D. graduates, most of whom are now active researchers in university or government laboratory settings. Graduates can be found at colleges such as Lafayette or Smith and at universities such as Rutgers or Kansas State. Many are at government laboratories such as the National Institute of Mental Health, and others do policy studies for private sector firms.
The Human Development
Specific requirements include successful completion of the following: (1) Human Development core classes, plus those recommended outside the program; (2) Suggested sequence of courses in statistics-methods in order to develop competence to design, collection, and analyze complex developmental data; (3) Research apprenticeship; (4) Empirical MA thesis; (5) Ph.D. Comprehensive examination; (6) Dissertation; (7) Completion of all other University and Departmental requirements.
Students may earn a focus
Students in the program will be expected to be actively involved in developing their research interests and working with their mentors on research projects. There are many opportunities to become involved in research and these efforts are supported at the departmental, school, and university levels, such as travel to present research findings at conferences.
Our program has made the GRE General Test optional for admission to the fall 2021 class. Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration. If applicants have GRE scores, they may submit scores and they will be considered by the admissions committee.