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This program follows an "apprenticeship model," meaning that you have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research projects in the area of developmental psychology from the very first day of your graduate studies. Students in the Developmental Psychology program have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of empirical methods, ranging from more traditional (e.g. surveys, interviews or behavioral assessments) to highly innovative methods (e.g. eye-tracking, narrative and discourse analysis, or hierarchical linear modeling). Students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty members to take advantage of their various areas of expertise.

At the completion of the Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology (typically after one to two years), you'll graduate with a solid foundation in theoretical perspectives and research methods relevant to developmental psychology. You likely will have at least one manuscript in preparation to submit to a journal, and have done several poster or paper presentations at national and international conferences.

Many Developmental Psychology master's students continue with their PhD at Laurier; other Laurier graduates have been admitted to prestigious doctoral programs in a variety of fields at other universities.

Program Overview

You'll complete a minimum of five half-credit courses and a research thesis, which is conducted under the supervision of one of the faculty in Developmental Psychology with supervisory status.

Required courses:

  • PS600: Advanced Behavioural Statistics I
  • PS601: Advanced Behavioural Statistics II
  • PS675: Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • PS679: Research Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • PS699: a thesis that is supervised by one of our faculty members

Pick one elective:

  • PS660: Principles of Cognition
  • PS663: Principles of Neuroscience
  • PS670: Seminar in Social Psychology

Faculty with Supervisory Status

In the Developmental Psychology field, faculty members with supervisory status conduct experimental, observational, and applied research in cognitive development; language and mathematics development; reading acquisition; moral and personality development; and developmental issues related to educational, health and forensic psychology.

Contact Us:

For more information about the programs in Developmental and/or Social Psychology, as well as admissions-related inquiries, email rsharkey@wlu.ca.


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