NCU Catalog - October 2020 
    
    Nov 26, 2022  
NCU Catalog - October 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology, MS


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Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology


Description of Program


This 30 credit Master of Science (MS) program in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology enables students to pursue advanced study in child and adolescent developmental psychology that can lead to careers in the helping professions, industry, government, and for profit and nonprofit organizations for which clinical training is not necessary. The child and adolescent developmental psychology master’s degree program also provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for doctoral-level study.

This educational program offers students, at the culmination of the degree, the choice between a Capstone project or a non-clinical internship. During the internship, students complete approximately 100 hours of working in the field. The internship allows students to demonstrate a wide range of professional competencies and communication skills that reflect the knowledge, critical thinking, sensitivity to ethics and diversity, and appreciation of research that has been acquired throughout the program.

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Learning Outcomes


  • Synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of child and adolescent developmental psychology through written communication
  • Appraise research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of child and adolescent developmental psychology
  • Investigate empirically supported interventions for research, administration or practice of child and adolescent developmental psychology
  • Employ ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters of child and adolescent developmental psychology
  • Examine diversity issues in the context of child and adolescent developmental psychology

Basis for Admission


Admission to a master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or an international institution that is determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.

Degree Requirements


The Master of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology requires a total of 30 credits for completion.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credits in transfer toward the Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade average of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit policy  for additional information.

Graduation requirements for the Master’s Degree in Psychology vary according to specialization selected.

All NCU master’s degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Completion of subject area competency requirements for the graduate program
  • Elective courses must be relevant to the department’s graduate program
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their diploma and/or degree posted transcript. 

Time to Completion


NCU allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 18 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Course Sequence


The Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology program can be completed in 30 credits.

All Master of Science programs require the foundation course to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. If students choose the capstone stone, this course will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

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