For us, community is a key word. At the Institute of Child Development, you'll join a close-knit group of faculty, staff, and peers who are driven to make a difference and who will support you as you grow as an academic and researcher. For more than 90 years, our faculty and students have worked hand-in-hand to make discoveries that increase knowledge about human development and improve lives.
In our program, you'll not only study what you love, but also develop the skills needed to teach others and translate science into practical solutions for children, youth, and families.
The structure of our program reflects our community-based philosophy. We offer guaranteed full funding for five academic years and embrace an academic community mentorship model, which means that students apply to our department instead of to work with a particular faculty member. As a student at ICD, you'll be free to explore different corners of the developmental psychology field and to follow your research and academic interests, no matter where they lead you.
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Study human development across the lifespan and build your expertise in an area of research that aligns with your interests. Gain the classroom experience you need to prepare you for a career in research or academia.
Blend research and clinical practice. Study psychopathology in the context of development, build a foundation in developmental research, and earn APA-accredited clinical training.
Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for careers in research, higher education, or applied research in developmental psychology. The University of Minnesota Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career.
ICD alumni are leaders in the field of developmental psychology. As a graduate of ICD, you'll join an internationally recognized and tight-knit network of scholars that will continue to support you, no matter what career path you choose.
Recent graduates now work at organizations, including:
Graduates of the clinical track have pursued careers at:
We guarantee full funding for each student for five academic years. Funding includes a monthly stipend, health insurance, and a full tuition waiver. Stipends vary based on the type of financial support each student receives. Types of financial support include graduate assistantships (RA/TA), fellowships, traineeships, or scholarships.
As a student at ICD, you’ll receive a brand-new MacBook Air at the start of the program. This laptop comes with a three-year warranty and is yours to keep when you graduate. You’ll receive $500 to use for professional development purposes during your time in the program. You'll also be eligible for $500 in travel funding annually to present at conferences.
We have a long track record of our students securing fellowships from prestigious agencies like the National Science Foundation. As an ICD student, we'll work with you to seek out such opportunities throughout the Ph.D. program.
Each year, the UMN Office for Diversity in Graduate Education awards the Diversity of Views and Experience Fellowship to approximately 20 first-year students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). The fellowship provides a living stipend, tuition, and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. If you wish to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship, please note your interest on your application.
Children are our future. We need people with an in-depth understanding of child development in every aspect of society to ensure we provide children with all they need to flourish.
Ph.D. in developmental psychology student