What does it cost?

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Typically, graduate students receive stipends (≈$20,000/year) and tuition waivers.

How long will it take?

Typically, students complete the Ph.D. in 6-7 years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Psychology Ph.D., Developmental Psychology

Department of Psychology: 
psychology@gsu.edu

Graduate Program: 
psygrad@gsu.edu

The doctoral program in Developmental Psychology trains scholars in the methods and the science of normative as well as atypical paths of development from toddlers through adults. The program offers personalized training through a curriculum that is designed individually by the student in conjunction with faculty advisers.

Our goal is to prepare doctoral-level scientists to serve as faculty in university and other research or applied settings and to prepare professionals who will advance the science and practice within developmental psychology.

Areas of particular concentration include: typical and atypical development of communication and language and issues surrounding school achievement and policy. Both basic and applied foci are reflected across research laboratories. Coursework and research programs encompass genetic, neuropsychological, perceptual, cognitive, communicative, linguistic, methodological, social context and policy concerns. Understanding development within diverse populations is central to our research and training.

Program Details
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • The GRE is not required and GRE scores will not be reviewed
  • Writing sample

The statement of purpose should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss how your experiences might have shaped the research questions you are interested in exploring. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at GSU (including the fit with the faculty member(s) with whom you would most like to work). We are particularly interested in specific examples that illustrate your quantitative abilities, problem-solving skills, initiative, leadership, perseverance and maturity. We are also interested in how your educational, professional, clinical (if applicable), or personal (e.g., cultural, economic or social) experiences prepare you to contribute to our department's emphasis on diversity and inclusion during your graduate career. It should be approximately 1000-1500 words.

Please submit a writing sample from your past work, preferably on a topic relevant to psychological science. There are no specific parameters or required length for the writing sample. You might submit a class paper, honors thesis, conference submission, journal article for which you are the primary author, or another writing sample that demonstrates your writing, critical thinking, and research skills.

The resume or CV should summarize your academic, research, clinical and other relevant experiences.

Previous research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.

Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods.

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.

The curriculum is designed individually by the student in conjunction with faculty advisors.

Students have the option of pursuing cross-disciplinary doctoral certificates in Advanced Language and Literacy Sciences and in Public Health.

Students are typically offered a monthly stipend during their first four years of graduate school as long as they remain in good standing with the department by maintaining the required GPA and meeting departmental responsibilities.

The level of support for incoming students is determined when they are accepted and funding is contingent upon availability. No separate financial application procedure is required. All support includes a tuition waiver. Beginning students may also make applications to the University’s Office of Financial Aid (404-413-2400) for non-departmental sources of aid, such as loans and university-provided scholarships.

Students will learn about the science and methods of normative and atypical paths of development through the lifespan, preparing them for careers at colleges and universities as well as in research, development and policy.

Description

Careers

Graduates of this program have taken positions in private and public research and policy institutes as well as faculty positions at a range of universities.

Contacts

Office/Delivery Address:
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
Urban Life Building
11th Floor
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083

General Inquiries
psychology@gsu.edu

Psychology Graduate Program
psygrad@gsu.edu

USPS Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 5010
Atlanta, GA 30302-5010

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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