Psychology and Human Development Degrees Online and On Campus

Want to learn about psychology and human development? This page will help you to find out more about studying developmental psychology online and to locate suitable university online degree programs.

Developmental psychology programs are very popular amongst students.  But it is quite a broad field.  Some students are specifically interested in development psychology as it relates to infant and children, others to adolescents,  or adult, or the elderly.  Also, there are other specializations dependent on the approach taken such as cognitive development psychology or social development psychology.

Most of the links to schools on this page are for students who wish to study developmental psychology online.  Many find this a more convenient option.  If you wish to explore more of the on campus psychology programs available, go to the on campus programs page


Which schools offer psychology and human development programs?

The following list shows the recommended schools for developmental psychology online programs (plus other other closely related programs):

  • Kaplan University Online
    • BS in Psychology - Applied Behavioral Analysis
    • BS in Psychology - Child Development
    • MS in Psychology - Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Capella University
    • MS - Child and Adolescent Development
    • MS - Educational Psychology
    • MS - School Counseling
    • MS - School Psychology
    • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • Walden University
    • B.S. in Psychology - Child Development Infant/Toddler
    • B.S. in Psychology - Child Development PreSchool
    • Ph.D. in Psychology - General Educational Psychology


Other specializations of relevance

You may find it useful to consider the programs available in the following areas:

Other schools and programs can be found by using the search box.


What do you study?

Psychology and development study is possible online at the bachelor level, master's level and doctoral level.  A typical developmental psychology online program would include the stages of development, psychological foundations of education, instructional strategies, and psychology research testing, methods and analysis. 

A typical Masters program may include the following: biological basis of behaviour, contemporary issues in psychology, statistics, human motivation, research design, cognitive development psychology, educational psychology, instructional design, tests and measurement, psychological testing, the developmental approach, culture and psychology. 

A thesis may be required in addition or in place of some of the courses.

In a Doctorate you can focus your study in an area that suits your professional interests, e.g., developmental science, instructional design, or teaching science.  As a doctoral student, you may be required to attend some residential workshops during your program.


What jobs do graduates get?

Accredited online psychology degrees provide many career opportunities in private sector (e.g., marketing, personnel management), public sector (e.g., teaching, social/community work, mental health care in hospitals, clinics and schools).  The American Psychological Association says that psychology is the third fastest-growing field in America requiring a college degree.

One can find graduates of developmental psychology online degree in management jobs or specialist positions in education, training, testing, or research.  Graduates with a masters in developmental psychology can find jobs as guidance counselors, educators, or social workers.  With a doctorate in developmental psychology it is possible to obtain faculty positions at universities and community colleges.

With a job as a school psychologist you could expect a salary of about US$52,000 (


For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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