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Academic Programs - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Child Development strengthens professional competence and prepares individuals for various leadership positions as child development specialists.


Photo of Amanda Specht, receipient of the Winfred R. Reynolds Scholarship

Congratulations to Amanda Specht, receipient of the Winfred R. Reynolds Scholarship. This award is designed to support graduate students who will work with young at-risk children and families.

Admission Requirements to the Program

In addition to the University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must satisfy specific departmental requirements before admission to the program. These include:
* Baccalaureate in Child Development or a closely related academic field from a fully accredited college or university.
* Minimum grade point average of 2.85 in the last 90 quarter units.
* Two letters of recommendation and a written statement of intent.
* Completion of the department application form, including a writing sample

Students without a baccalaureate in Child Development or a closely related field must complete a 28/29-unit prerequisite program before being admitted to the Child Development Master's Degree Program.

Application to the Program

Applications for the Masters of Arts degree in Child Development are reviewed once a year for admission in Fall Quarter. Departmental applications are due on March 1st and applications are available as a Adobe Acrobat pdf file in the link below. Only complete applications will be reviewed

MA Application

MA Admission Procedures (under revision)

PDF Link of MA Program

Helpful Links for the MA Student (under revision)


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Last Update: 10/18/2012