Ph.D. in developmental psychology
Developmental psychopathology and clinical science track

Due to COVID-19, Fall 2021 applicants do not need to submit GRE scores. If submitted, scores will not be considered. Learn more about our application requirements.

Blend research and clinical practice. In our developmental psychopathology and clinical science track, you'll study psychopathology in the context of development, build a foundation in developmental research, and gain the skills necessary to become a licensed clinician. You'll take developmental psychology courses with your cohort at the Institute of Child Development, as well as clinical training courses in the Department of Psychology.

In addition to coursework in developmental and clinical psychology, you'll complete clinical practicums and a year-long internship. You'll also receive APA-accredited clinical training through the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology.

The clinical science track takes six years to complete, including the internship.

Find what drives you: Join us

  • Study alongside award-winning faculty in the #1 ranked developmental psychology program in the nation (Ranked in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report)
  • Explore your research interests and define an area of focus that's unique to you.
  • Complete a teaching practicum and gain experience developing a course and leading a classroom.
  • Earn APA-accredited clinical training through the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology and complete a one-year, APA-approved clinical internship.

How to apply

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Our curriculum is structured to support you as you grow as an academic, researcher, and clinician. You'll build your expertise, explore your interests, and complete courses and APA-accredited clinical training through the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology.

Year 1

Take foundational courses in cognitive, social, and biological development processes, ethical conduct of research, and statistical methods. Begin conducting research and identifying your area of specialty. Work with faculty to learn how to craft competitive fellowship applications.

Year 2

Take advanced developmental psychology courses and begin taking clinical training courses. Continue to deepen your research interests and learn how to effectively disseminate research information by presenting your findings to the ICD community.

Years 3-5

Hone your teaching skills by developing and teaching your own section of Introduction to Child Development. Continue working in partnership with one or more faculty members to define your research expertise and prepare your prelim and final dissertation defense. Begin completing clinical practicum hours to prepare you for your internship.

Year 6

Complete your one-year, full-time APA-approved clinical internship.


Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for careers in research, higher education, or clinical developmental psychology. The U of M 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.

Below are examples of the types of organizations where our alumni currently work:

  • Children’s hospitals
  • Medical schools
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Stress and anxiety clinics
  • Public and private research universities
  • Elementary schools
  • Domestic violence prevention organizations

We're driven to make a difference

Alyssa Palmer
You have a community and many resources here to help you get started and guide you through the graduate school process. No one expects you to know everything, and no one does know everything, especially when starting out.

Alyssa Palmer
Developmental psychopathology and clinical science track student

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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. Clinical internships are paid, so funding from the department isn't necessary in year six of the program.

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.

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