Social Psychological & Developmental Processes M.A. & Ph.D.
Inspire positive social change by studying human relationships and growth
The way we work, think, and play in groups and alone affects our personal success as well as the success of our schools, workplaces, and communities. As a Ph.D. or M.A. student, you’ll study the social and social developmental processes experienced across the lifespan, with a primary focus on processes during the years of schooling. You’ll apply what you learn to further the development of groups and organizations as well as individuals, particularly in educational and related settings.Apply
- Faculty (Ph.D. only)
- Research scientists at universities and corporations
- Other educational settings (e.g., K-12 school research offices)
- Human and social service organizations
- Health care organization evaluator/researcher
- Government agencies
- Research and development centers
Degrees & coursework
A master’s degree is not required to apply for the doctoral program.
Master's of Arts (M.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
What you'll study
Achievement processes in schools and other organizations
Connections between social processes and educational success
- Research and community partnerships in challenged communities and urban settings
Muriel Bebeau, professor in Department of Primary Dental Care
Lara Westerhof | Email
"I want to help all students feel socially and emotionally equipped to learn."
- Interests: How social and emotional factors affect student learning and development
- Work: Partnerships with local non-profit organizations, including a job training program for low-income adults and a network of afterschool programs for urban youth