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Applied Developmental Psychology

Program Description

The Applied Developmental Psychology Program reflects the intersection of developmental psychology and applied science by considering questions of developmental import within the social context of children’s everyday lives. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skill to conduct research and work in jobs focused on child, family, and school well-being, particularly in inner-city, lower-income, and cultural minority and cross-cultural contexts. Graduates have taken positions teaching and conducting research at universities, analyzing public policy, working in hospital settings conducting evaluations of infants, toddlers and children as well as designing interventions for children and their families.

In consultation with their mentor, students enrolled in the program develop a program of course work, research and practicum experiences tailored to the demands of their particular career aspirations.

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Degrees Offered:  Ph.D.


The Early Development/Early Intervention
The Socioemotional Development of Children within and across Cultures
The Educational Contexts of Development

Department:  Psychology

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-time; Part-time if entering with M.A.

Online or On Campus:  On Campus

Admissions Requirements

GRE General Test required (waived for the fall 2021 application cycle)
GRE Psychology Advanced Test (waived for the fall 2021 application cycle)
Supplementary Psychology application form

Term of Admission: Fall

Domestic Application Deadlines: December 1

International Application Deadlines: December 1

*For information on specific faculty members, please visit the program faculty page.

Contact Us

Main Contact Info:  410-455-2567 (UMBC)

Graduate Program Director:

Susan Sonnenschein, 410-455-2361,

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Beverly McDougall, 410-455-2567,

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