UNC-Duke Collaborative Graduate Certificate

The faculty in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University offer a collaborative approach to graduate training in developmental psychology: our UNC-Duke Collaborative Graduate Certificate Program in Developmental Psychology.

Graduate students at UNC’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Duke’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience can apply to this program that offers training opportunities in addition to the home department’s programs.

Students in this certificate program attend developmental psychology seminars at both universities and may engage in supplemental research training with the faculty at Duke or UNC. Research may emphasize cognitive development, social development, applied development, and developmental psychobiology. Students apply to the program by the beginning of their third year of graduate study.

How to Apply

Students will need to apply for the Certificate in Developmental Psychology before graduate, but are urged to affiliate with the program immediately if they anticipate applying for the certificate. This affiliation allows us to keep track of the student’s progress and to inform the student of the opportunities needed for completion.

Students must apply and affiliate with Peggy Morrell, Certificate Coordinator, at morrell@duke.edu.


Certificate requirements include:

  • Attendance at at least 3 program affiliated developmental events per semester at the non-home institution for at least 6 semesters
    • Events include seminars organized by the Center for Developmental Science, the Center for Child and Family Policy, colloquium series at Duke and UNC, developmental research brown bags, current topic groups, among others.
  •  Two of the following three requirements:
    • A minimum of two developmentally relevant psychology courses for credit at the student’s non-home institution
      • A relevant home-institution course that is co-taught by faculty from the non-home institution will count towards this requirement.
    • At least one of the student’s committees must have at least one member who is a faculty member of the non-home institution
      • Committees can include, among others, the Advisory Committee, Comprehensive Exam Committee, or Dissertation Committee.
    • Participation in a research activity with a developmental faculty member of the non-home institution
      • This requirement may be fulfilled a myriad of ways as deemed appropriate, but may include enrollment in a formal research practicum course, collaboration on a research project for no course credit, or employment as a research assistant.