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Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology

In this program, students are trained to specialize in developmental psychology. They are provided with knowledge and skills pertaining to the nature of human development in various domains (i.e. cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, moral, and physical) throughout the lifespan.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology is a graduate program designed for students who have acquired a graduate degree in Psychology and wish to pursue higher studies and specialization in Developmental Psychology. Those who have acquired a graduate degree in a non-psychology program may also qualify provided that the necessary prerequisites and courses for the program are met. At the end of the program, you can work towards a certification as a specialist in Developmental Psychology.

What will I study?

Career-relevant topics to be covered in your stay in the Department include:

  • Advanced Psychological Statistics
  • Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Researches for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Advanced Theories of Personality
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Advanced Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Infancy and Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Program Development for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Advanced Cross-Cultural Studies in Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Health Psychology
  • Advanced Positive Psychology
  • Current and Emerging Trends in Psychology
  • Total Program Units: 61 units
    Course Work: 43
    Internship 1: 6
    Internship 2: 6 (optional)
    Dissertation: 12

  • Standard Completion Time: 3.5 years

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This program has Level IV accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). More Information >

Why take up Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at MC?

In addition to its strong curriculum and expert faculty members MC’s Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology program offers several key advantages:

  • Provides graduate students with the knowledge and skills pertaining to the nature of human development in various domains (i.e., cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, moral, and physical) throughout the lifespan
  • Trains graduate students to demonstrate knowledge on the developmental characteristics, issues, and processes governing specific periods of human development (e.g. infancy and childhood, adolescence, and adulthood), which influence and are influenced by various contextual factors (e.g., family, peers, culture, and society)
  • Prepares you towards being certified as a specialist in developmental psychology, where you can expand or apply knowledge in careers such as research, teaching, or consultancy in the educational, medical, and legal settings, and in other institutions that are involved in child, youth, adult, and family development (PAP Certification of Specialists Primer, 2008)

Career Paths

A graduate of the Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology can look at the following fields as his/her career options:

  • Psychologist providing psychological services in:
    • Psychological and neuro-developmental assessment
    • Program development with specialization in human development and specific life stages
    • Psychotherapy
  • Specialist in human development
  • Faculty in the undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Mentor and supervisor for MA level
  • Program Development
  • Researcher
  • Consultancy Work

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