Master’s Degree in Childhood Studies

Childhood Studies involves the cross-disciplinary study of children and childhood within historical, multicultural, national, and global contexts. Each combination of perspectives brings new insights into the lives of children and the families, cultures and societies in which they are embedded. 

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Childhood Studies  equips practitioners and beginning scholars with the skills and knowledge to understand and to address the challenges that 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 diverse populations of children. 

Graduates from our M.A. in Childhood Studies program have gone on to careers in youth services, education, social service administration, family services and health-related occupations, or have entered doctoral programs. 

Application Requirements

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

Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for complete application guidelines. Accepted and current students should consult the Graduate Student Handbook for detailed requirements or contact the Director of Graduate Studies. 

What You Will Need to Apply:

If you are applying to the M.A. program, your application would need to include:

    • Personal statement
    • Official undergraduate (and graduate, if application) transcripts with a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Letters of recommendation (one required, two recommended)

Scholarships and Funding Assistance

Robust scholarships and funding assistance are available to qualified applicants.  Visit  the Graduate Student Funding page to find out more.

Curriculum and Courses

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. 

    • 6 Credits should be completed in research methods (i.e., Interpretive Methods, Graduate Statistics, Historical Research Methods, etc.)
    • 15 Credits should be completed in courses offered in the Childhood Studies Core Curriculum (i.e., Children and Cinema, Urban Education, Play and Play Theory, etc.)
    • 9 Credits of electives

After 18 hours of study, graduate students are required to consult with their advisor and develop a plan for future coursework that is appropriate for the student’s intellectual and professional goals.

Most classes are offered in late afternoon and early evening.

M.A. Project

The M.A. Project provides an opportunity to delve more deeply into your specific area of interest and to acquire expertise beyond coursework. Working in consultation with your advisor, your project could take several forms, including, but not limited to:

    • An academic paper
    • Development of curricular materials
    • Program evaluation
    • Media-based project
    • Civic engagement project