The University of Maryland has a robust research community across the College Park campus, in which the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology program plays a central role. Our graduate students train in the social, cognitive, and neural bases of human development. With 16 faculty members across developmental science and educational psychology within our department, students benefit from the depth of faculty expertise and a broad range of learning opportunities.  We are ranked #4 in Human Development programs and #6 in Educational Psychology.


Graduate students receive comprehensive, interdisciplinary training, attending seminars and workshops across campus in areas such as developmental psychology, cognitive science, educational psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and neuroscience.


Students in the program live in College Park, Maryland, a vibrant Big Ten college town, in nearby Maryland suburbs, or in Washington D.C., three miles south and easily accessible by the Metro system.


University of Maryland’s proximity to Washington D.C. provides unparalleled opportunities to interact directly with a wide range of national science organizations. Organizations such as SRCD, NIH, NSF,  AERA, AAAS, and the National Academies of Science regularly hold talks and workshops that provide our graduate students with opportunities to network. While the Human Development and Quantitative Methodology program, housed in the UMD College of Education, prepares students for an academic career in research and teaching, we also provide students with excellent preparation for many alternative career paths in science policy, research administration, and other opportunities.


Students interested in the developmental science Ph.D. area should contact faculty members with whom they would like to work with, visit the faculty lab web pages.  


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