Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Doctor of Philosophy in Child Development


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Child Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Erikson Institute, in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago, offers a PhD program in Child Development. The degree is conferred by the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago.

Erikson Institute is one of the nation’s leading graduate schools in child development, social work and early childhood education. At Erikson, students embark on a comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of child development. The Erikson approach produces scholars who understand and respect the differences among children and families—differences that profoundly affect how children learn to organize their environment, how they communicate with others, how they occupy their leisure time, the kinds of problems they will encounter, and the strategies they will use to solve these problems.

This 42-credit hour post-master’s program is intended primarily for people who want to prepare for careers in college teaching, applied child development research, program design and evaluation, program administration, and policy analysis. Those who choose to enroll in the program are typically academics, applied researchers, and program developers who want to assume intellectual leadership in a variety of professional settings that study and/or serve young children. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a field related to child development, such as education, social work, or psychology.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test. Loyola school code: 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Interested students must apply to both Loyola and to the Erikson Institute.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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