Top Ranking Child Psychology Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Child psychology is a specialty that deals with the mental and social development of pre-adolescents. Many highly ranked graduate schools offer child psychology programs across the nation, including the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Yale University in Connecticut.

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Top U.S. Graduate Schools with Child Psychology Programs

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The Department of Child Psychology (also called the Institute of Child Development) at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers several graduate degree about and related to child psychology, such as social work and human development. In 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked this as the best graduate school in the nation for developmental psychology. Graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. in Child Psychology. Those who enroll may or may not have completed the school's B.A. or B.S. in Child Psychology, but a bachelor's degree is required. Students can select an area of focus, including developmental psychobiology, perceptual development or language. Most graduates obtain careers in research or academia related to child psychology.

Contact Information

  • Address: 51 E. River Pkwy., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
  • Phone Number: (612) 624-0526

2. Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University's Department of Psychology offers graduate programs in developmental psychology, with topics in adolescence, infancy, cognitive development, developmental psychopathy, intelligence and social policy. The developmental psychology graduate program is also closely linked to child psychology and pediatrics through the Bush Center of Child Development and Social Policy, Haskin Laboratories and the Child Study Center. According to U.S. News and World Report's rankings in 2009, Yale University offers the second-best graduate developmental psychology program in the nation. Graduate studies lead to a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Contact Information

  • Address: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520
  • Phone Number: (203) 432-1333

List of Highly Ranked U.S. Child Psychology Graduate Schools

College/University Name Student Population Address Phone Number
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities51,14051 E. River Pkwy., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455(612) 624-0526
Pennsylvania State University - University Park44,406201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802(814) 865-4700
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign43,246601 E. John St., Champaign, Illinois 61820(217) 333-1000
University of Wisconsin - Madison41,620500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, Wisconsin 53706(608) 262-1234
University of California, Los Angeles38,220405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, California 90095(310) 825-4321
University of California, Berkeley35,396Berkeley, California 94720(510) 642-6000
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill28,567103 S. Bldg. Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599(919) 962-2211
Harvard University26,496Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138(617) 495-1000
University of Virginia24,541Charlottesville, Virginia 22904(434) 924-0311
Cornell University20,273Ithaca, New York 14853(607) 255-2000
Stanford University17,833Stanford, California 94305(650) 723-2300
University of Chicago14,7885801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637(773) 702-1234
Yale University10,192New Haven, Connecticut 06520(203) 432-1333
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