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Admission Criteria for Online M.A. Program

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.

Other requirements to be completed before admission:

  • 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 online application system:
    • A departmental application to a specific track
    • Scores from the General Test of the GRE and TOEFL scores, if applicable
    • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their potential for graduate study
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • A statement of career interests, goals, and objectives
    • A statement of diversity
  • 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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