Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
After reviewing the material on this website, 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 Master's Degree Application website.
Questions concerning the Developmental Sequence that are not answered on this website 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. This 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 (20 required; 16 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 committee 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 feedback, students will submit a completed progress report (MS Word or PDF) to the Sequence Coordinator that is due by August 31. Students will receive a written evaluation of their progress.
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.