Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
After reviewing the material on this Web site, we invite you to apply for admission to the Master's Degree Sequence in Developmental Psychology at Illinois State University. The various forms, deadlines and other information needed to complete an application for graduate admission can be found at the department's Graduate Programs Application Web site: see Master's Degree Application.
Questions concerning the Developmental Sequence that are not answered on this Web site should be directed to Dr. Corinne Zimmerman, coordinator of the Master's Degree Sequence in Developmental Psychology. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
The Master's Degree Sequence in Developmental Psychology focuses on the scientific study of stability and change in biological, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning across the life span. Its approach to development is distinctly ecological and interdisciplinary. The curriculum provides in-depth exposure to developmental theories, methodologies, and applications.
Two options are available. A pre-doctoral option is designed to prepare students for advanced graduate study and to facilitate entry into academic careers. An applied option is designed for students who plan to enter careers in a diverse array of community settings that provide human services necessitating training in Developmental Psychology. Both options require the completion of a Master's Thesis.
The sequence requires 21 hours of undergraduate credit in psychology, including:
The sequence includes 36 credit hours (29 required; 7 electives)
Your choice of electives should be guided by the type of career you are interested in pursuing. You should discuss this choice with your thesis chair and/or the course instructor to determine which course(s) best suit your needs.
All students receive feedback on degree progress. In order to facilitate this, students will submit a completed progress report (MS Word or PDF) to the Sequence Coordinator that is due the Friday before spring break. Students will receive a written evaluation of their progress at the end of the spring semester.
Students interested in aging are encouraged to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Social Aspects of Aging in conjunction with the master's degree in Developmental Psychology. This multidisciplinary sequence is designed to offer graduate students in Developmental Psychology additional academically and professionally oriented experiences in gerontology.
Students interested in women and gender are encouraged to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to offer students in Developmental Psychology additional academic exposure to feminist theories and methods.