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University of Pittsburgh School of Education Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology
University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology

Pittsburgh, USA

2 Years


Full time, Part time

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USD 947 / per credit *


* PA Resident: $947 per credit, $11,765 per term; non-PA Resident: $1,630 per credit, $19,949 per term


The MS in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) builds the skills you’ll need to address the diverse needs of children, youth, and families across multiple settings, including community-based organizations, schools, hospitals, advocacy organizations, residential treatment programs, out-of-school programs, and service agencies. This rigorous four-semester program blends challenging coursework with community-based practice making graduates stand out in the job field.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 2 academic years (4 semesters)
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Course Requirements: 36 credits
  • Format: With the exception of a few electives and online courses, ADP MS courses are offered in the evening.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions; Child Life Priority is given to applications received by March 1.
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required

Program Overview

Through a blend of research and professional practice training, students in this vital field acquire competencies and expertise in applying knowledge of development and evidence-based practices to address real-world problems in real-world settings. Applied developmentalists are experts in interdisciplinary collaboration; they use their knowledge of current research and evidence-based methods to design, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions and programs for children, youth and families; they emphasize principles of positive psychology to promote the success of all children and youth, especially those who are at developmental risk and/or have developmental/learning difficulties.


Students can choose from five specializations:

  • Applied Research Methods for Child and Youth Serving Organizations
  • Behaviorial Health in Schools and Communities
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs with Child Life Option
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Child Youth Development


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