Developmental Psychology Masters

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    Has anyone seen any DP Masters out there lately? I'm tracking the Liberty University one but not any others online. Either DP or Child Psychology would work. MAYBE even an Educational Psychology program would work (saw the BAMA U one).
     
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    Check out Capella and SNHU. I think they both have something in that area
     
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    I also want to point out that there are non-US schools that allow research-only Masters degrees in a range of subjects, including Psychology. It would seem entirely possible to choose a thesis topic in the area of human development. I'm not sure how you hope to use the degree but it's possible that might work for you.
     
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    Thanks!! It's really for my own personal development and to finish off my unused Post 9/11 GI Bill. I didn't realize Capella had gone to the competency based system. Thanks
     
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    Two more things. You can look at the Masters program in Human Development at the University of the Rockies as well

    Master of Arts in Human Development

    but I think you'll find that it, along with Capella (and to a lesser extent SNHU) are kind of expensive for a degree program that is primarily for personal enrichment. If that's the case then my standard advice is to look to South Africa where the universities are well known, well respected and really inexpensive. Clearly UNISA is available but I would also suggest that you take a hard look at the University of the Free State and North-West University as possible academic destinations. If you ever get to the point where you are seriously considering a South African school then you should let me know because I have some very clear, easy to follow advice that I can give you regarding searching/applying to those schools. Best of luck.
     
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    They are on the pricey side for personal enrichment. I'm leaning towards the Liberty U one since I receive a tuition discount. I'm all ears on the information for South African schools. Even if I don't do this Masters there I have been looking heavily into doing an LLM via South Africa. My ex-wife is South African so I've been there and really intrigued their programs.
     
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    OK, here's Chapter 1. Here in the US you begin your Masters degree program by taking courses that are quite a bit like those 400 level courses from your last year of undergrad work. You work through 8 or 10 of these courses before you get to your thesis (that is if a thesis is required). Often times the thesis is simply a 6 credit course and you move through it in a fairly routine manner. The South African Masters degree we're discussing here is different. The thesis is the entire degree program. There is no other coursework. When you apply for admission you are required to provide a description of your thesis topic and a provisional description of the research methodology as a part of the application. This is typically a 5-10 page document, should include footnotes, a bibliography and it's expected to be written in a specific form and style. Often the school will provide you with a format and it's recommended that you follow it precisely. There are at least two things going on here. The first is that the school wants to determine if they have an instructor sufficiently well-versed in your general topic to serve as your thesis advisor/supervisor. That particular point would be the topic of Chapter 2. The second is that your admission to the program can depend on how well this proposal is written. The quality of the document is seen as a barometer of your readiness to conduct the thesis research. It's not the sort of thing that you just throw together the weekend before the deadline. That would probably constitute Chapter 3.
     

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