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Admission Criteria for Online M.A. Program

We accept applications for our online M.A. for a fall term start only. All applications must be received and completed by January 15 of each year.

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00. The GRE is not required.

Admission requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed at least one general psychology, human development, or social science course with a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must submit, via the university's online application system:
    • A departmental application to one of our three specific tracks: infant and early childhood mental health, child life, or individualized studies
    • Contact information for writers of three letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
    • A personal statement of career interests, goals, and objectives
    • A statement on diversity
    • International students: TOEFL scores must be submitted, if applicable
  • Child life track applicants must also have completed or have in progress one child life course taught by a certified child life specialist (CCLS) and 100 hours of documented direct experience with children and families in a hospital/medical setting, preferably under the supervision of a CCLS. In addition, applicants must meet the minimum technical standards for an internship in a clinical setting as outlined by the Association of Child Life Professionals (previously known as the Child Life Council).

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Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development is a premier center of scholarship, teaching and research. Study with award-winning faculty and be a part of a community devoted to understanding and supporting how children learn and grow.