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Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University—Camden, NJ, USA



Applications are now being accepted for the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Childhood Studies for the Fall 2020 term

Applications submitted by June 20, 2020 will receive full consideration for admission and funding for Fall 2020 term.

Robust scholarships and funding assistance are available to qualified applicants.

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Please visit the Graduate Admissions website. These are general guidelines. Students should consult the Graduate Student Handbook for detailed requirements or contact the Director of Graduate Studies. 

The Master of Arts in Childhood Studies equips practitioners and beginning scholars with the skills and knowledge to understand and to address the challenges which confront children throughout the world. The program prepares its graduates to conduct research with and about children, formulate social policy on behalf of children and their families, and work effectively with the diverse populations of children found throughout the world

Core Requirements 

The minimum requirement for the M.A degree is 30 credits.  Students in the M.A. program complete the program of study in about two years. Full-time study for one semester is represented by 9 credits of coursework or research. Successful completion of the degree program requires both fulfilling the credit requirement and the submission and defense of a major project. 

Most classes will be offered in late afternoon and early evening.

Child Growth & Development (3 credits)

One course in cultural perspectives from (3 credits):
Children and Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Literary and Cultural Constructions of Childhood

Disciplinary concentrations (12 credits) 
Each student will choose two concentrated areas of study, one from the disciplines in the humanities and one from the social sciences. Six credits must be completed in each concentration. This will ensure grounding in two traditional fields of study.