How to Apply to the Online M.A. Program
All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.
We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. Please check back this summer for application deadlines for Fall 2018.
All application materials should be submitted directly to the online admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the materials listed below are submitted successfully.
Submission of the following items comprises a complete application file:
|Required Materials||How to Submit|
Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 and #2, and Recommendations. (See below for more information about Applicant Statements and Recommendations.)
Optional fields: All other fields are optional, but may be taken into consideration if submitted.
|Program Application Form||
Complete the M.A. in Applied Child and Adolescent Development form under the Department/Program Forms menu item in the online application. You are required to indicate to which track you are applying at the time you apply to the M.A.
|Letters of Recommendation||
Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations are submitted via the online application system. Enter the names and contact information for your recommenders in the online application in Recommendations under the Important Links section. The recommendation includes a standard recommendation form and a personalized letter. Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors (or academic professionals) who can assess your potential for graduate work. More than three letters are not accepted.
|Applicant Statement #1||
Please provide a statement outlining your immediate educational and long-range career objectives in relation to your chosen field. You may also wish to include other information, such as any undergraduate research experience, internships, or other experiences you may have had to document your preparation for advanced study in your chosen field. (Please do not exceed three pages in length.) Upload this under Applicant Statements, Applicant Statement #1.
|Applicant Statement #2||
Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success. (Please do not exceed one page in length.) Upload this under Applicant Statements, Applicant Statement #2.
|Resume or Curriculum Vitae||
Please upload in the online application in the "Program Supplementary Information" section in the Resume or CV upload space.
Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application in the Educational Background section. Do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts; there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.
We only require General Test scores. Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. Request an official copy to be sent to ICD at institution code=6874 (no program/department code is needed). Click here for more information about the GRE test.
|English Language test scores
(TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. Click here for more information about English Language test scores.
Pay the application fee in the online application. Click here for more information about fees.
Additional Materials for the Child Life Track
|Required Materials||How to Submit|
|100 hour paid or volunteer work||
Signed documentation of at least 100 hours of paid or volunteer work in a pediatric healthcare setting with Child Life Supervision. Please upload this in the Program Supplementary Information section of the online application, under Upload 1.
|Letter of Recommendation||
One of the three letters of recommendation listed above must come from a credentialed child life specialist.
|Introduction Child Life course||
Students must complete, or have in progress, an introductory course in child life prior to taking any M.A. child life track courses. Signed documentation must be included in your application. Click here to access a form to document your child life introductory course. Please upload this in the Program Supplementary Information section of the online application, under Upload 2.
|Child Life Practicum||
It is strongly recommended that students complete, or have in-progress, a child life practicum experience. Signed documentation must be included in your application. Click here to access a form to document your child life practicum. Please upload this in the Program Supplementary Information section of the online application, under Other Credentials.