M.Sc. On Campus

Applied Developmental Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

24 months
39898 USD/year
39898 USD/year
23530 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MS in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) at the University of Pittsburgh builds the skills you’ll need to address the diverse needs of children, youth, and families across multiple settings, including community-based organizations, schools, hospitals, advocacy organizations, residential treatment programs, out-of-school programs and service agencies. 


This rigorous four-semester program in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh blends challenging coursework with community-based practice making graduates stand out in the job field.

Through a blend of research and professional practice training, students in this vital field acquire competencies and expertise in applying knowledge of development and evidence-based practices to address real-world problems in real-world settings. 

Applied developmentalists are experts in interdisciplinary collaboration; they use their knowledge of current research and evidence-based methods to design, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions and programs for children, youth and families; they emphasize principles of positive psychology to promote the success of all children and youth, especially those who are at developmental risk and/or have developmental/learning difficulties. 

Career Pathways

  • Community-based program Administrators, Directors and Supervisors 
  • Developmental Specialists 
  • Child and Youth Advocate 
  • Home Visitors 
  • Behavior Specialist Consultants (BSCs) 
  • Youth Workers 
  • Child Life Specialists 
  • Behavioral Health Specialists 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Statistics 1: Descriptive And Inferential Statistics
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Child And Youth Work 
  • Characteristics And Interventions
  • Applied Research Design
  • Psychosocial Aspects Of Illness

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling Admissions; Child Life Priority given to applications received by March 1. 


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applications are submitted through the Pitt Education Online Application Form.
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) to be paid by credit card.
  • Your online application must include (a.) a Goal statement, (b.) your resume or curriculum vita, and (c.) contact information for three academic or professional contacts to later be invited to provide letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from every institution previously attended.
  • Any courses that you took or degrees that you earned from the University of Pittsburgh after 2008 do not need to be sent. Our office can obtain these transcripts internally.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    39898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19949 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    39898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19949 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    23530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11765 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Pittsburgh

1148 - 1944 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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