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405-7 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6741

Department Chair
Dr. Lynne Vallone

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Susan Miller

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Graduate Program

Program Information



Student Handbook

For those interested in applying for the Ph.D. or M.A. in childhood studies, please visit the Graduate and Professional Admissions web site at

Course Information

Graduate Course

Course Offerings:
Fall 2015

Course Offerings:
Spring 2016

View the current Childhood Studies graduate students here.

Childhood Studies

The Department of Childhood Studies graduate studies is now accepting applications. Funding for the PhD program is available for qualified applicants.


  • Ph.D. program applications are due January 10 of the year preceding the fall semester in which you wish to begin. Funding is available to qualified Ph.D. applicants on a competitive basis.
  • M.A. applicants are accepted throughout the year

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Ph.D. Program is based on a combination of undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts with a minimum 3.2 GPA, GRE scores, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Admissions decisions are based on a combination of the candidates’ academic qualifications and their match with areas of faculty expertise (these areas are described on the faculty page). Admission to the M.A. program is based on a combination of undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts with a minimum 3.0 GPA, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Students who complete the M.A. program and who then wish to pursue a Ph.D. must complete a separate application to the Ph.D. program.

Financial Aid
Teaching and research assistantships, which cover tuition costs and provide stipends for living expenses, are available on a competitive basis to students accepted into the Ph.D. Program. Compensation and duties attached to the appointment are governed by a contract negotiated between Rutgers University and the American Association of University Professors. Responsibilities usually include serving as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course or research assistant on a research project. Compensation is approximately $23,000 per year, plus tuition remission and full medical benefits. Additional information financial aid can be found here

For more information about the graduate programs in Childhood Studies, please contact us by emailing or by calling (856) 225-6741.

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