What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

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.

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.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

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

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.

Program Details

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • The GRE is not required for the fall 2021 application cycle *
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only) *

The statement of purpose should be 500-1,000 words. It should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss any life experiences that led you to this field of study. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State (including the fit with the faculty members with whom you would most like to work). Describe what you would like to be doing three to five years after you receive your Ph.D.

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

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 four courses. Two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods are required. Two additional junior- or senior-level psychology content courses are also required. The Clinical program recommends a course in abnormal psychology or psychopathology as one of the content courses. An introductory psychology course cannot be counted as one of the four required courses.

When applying to the Clinical-Community (CLC) concentration indicate "CLC" in the application materials. Applicants are encouraged to review the Community and the Clinical program area pages for additional information.

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting GRE and 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

Contacts

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

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

General Inquiries
psychology@gsu.edu

Psychology Graduate Program
psygrad@gsu.edu

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Place NE
Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State's offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.