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2023 Best Child Development & Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

79 Colleges in the United States
726 Doctor's Degrees
Child Development & Psychology is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #38 most popular doctor's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 79 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for child development and psychology students pursuing a doctor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 726 doctor's degrees in child development and psychology to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Child Development & Psychology School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Child Development & Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools The child development doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their doctor's degree from the school. After all, your doctor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to child development and psychology students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of child development and psychology students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for child development and psychology to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized child development and psychology related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for child development and psychology students working on their doctor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Child Development & Psychology Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Child Development & Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Child Development & Psychology in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in child development and psychology. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

11 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Child Development

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
9 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in child development and psychology needs to look into Stanford University. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Stanford University

15 Annual Graduates

Washington University in St Louis is a good option for students pursuing a doctor's degree in child development and psychology. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Washington University in St Louis

#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
11 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a doctor's degree in child development and psychology needs to take a look at Harvard University. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Harvard University

#4

Yale University

New Haven, CT
16 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in child development and psychology has to look into Yale University. Yale is a large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Yale University

#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
12 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from University of Pennsylvania

#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
9 Annual Graduates

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from University of Notre Dame

#7

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Princeton University

9 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from University of Chicago

5 Annual Graduates

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York

#10

Brown University

Providence, RI
2 Annual Graduates

Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from Brown University

26 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in child development and psychology from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Child Development & Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
12 George Washington University Washington, DC
13 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
14 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
15 New York University New York, NY
16 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
17 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
18 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
19 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Child Development & Psychology by Region

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New England
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Middle Atlantic
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Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 3 majors within the Psychology area of study, Child Development & Psychology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Child Development Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Other Research & Experimental Psychology 352
Experimental Psychology 211
Developmental & Child Psychology 64
Social Psychology 42
Cognitive Psychology & Psycholinguistics 20
Behavioral Neuroscience 16
Psychometrics & Quantitative Psychology 16
Personality Psychology 5

Related Major Annual Graduates
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 4,156
General Psychology 1,554
Other Psychology 146

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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