Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Graduate Training Track in Developmental Psychology prepares developmental scientists whose training and research is aimed at understanding and supporting the healthy development of children, youth, and families. Through research training, coursework, and teaching, students gain the professional skills they need for non-clinical academic or professional careers.
We emphasize research, training, scholarship, and teaching. Students select a faculty research mentor and a supporting faculty advisor who help ensure that students take advantage of the broad set of training and research opportunities that are open to them. As part of students’ ongoing research training, they will complete: 

  • A critical review paper (i.e., First Year Paper)
  • A Master’s thesis
  • A Written Qualifying Exam (i.e., mock grant proposal)
  • An Oral Qualifying Exam
  • The PhD dissertation

En route to earning the PhD degree in Psychology, students in the Developmental Psychology Training Track complete a Master's degree in our program (24 hours), or enter with a Master’s in Developmental Psychology or in a closely related field from an accredited institution. An additional 36 credit hours are required beyond the Master's degree for the doctoral degree, for a total of 60 credit hours. Course work includes:

  • Advanced Statistics (482) and Multivariate Statistics (491)
  • Research Methods (420)
  • One of two Neuroscience courses (435 or 552)
  • Cognitive Development (475) and Social Development (473)
  • Four Developmental Topics Courses
  • One Social or Clinical Topics Course
  • Four Research/Readings Courses (599, 598, 597, 599)
  • Three Electives
  • Two Minor Area Courses


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

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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