The Masters of Arts in Child Development is designed for students interested in research, theory and practice related to the study of individuals and families across diverse populations and settings. Students may coordinate degree requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter Credential, Special Education Credentials, or the Early Childhood Special Education Credential Program.
The Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles offers an MA in Child Development that provides students with a rigorous and individualized course of study. All students take courses that examine various domains in infant and child development, research, risk, resiliency, and family life. Students select elective courses to complement professional interests and goals. The Masters of Arts Degree in Child Development strengthens professional competence and prepares individuals for leadership positions in child and family educational, pediatric (i.e., Child Life) and community settings, as well as for careers in higher education.
Admission 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 60 semester 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 an 18-unit prerequisite program before being admitted to the child development master’s degree program. The MA Advisor will consult with students to identify prerequisites. Further information is available in the Child and Family Studies office.
Admission to the Master’s program in Child Development is a two tiered process. Students must apply to both the University and the Department of Child and Family Studies. The department only admits students once a year during the fall semester. Students interested in being considered for the graduate program must submit departmental applications by the department’s established deadline. Departmental applications are available through the department office.