This program is a concentration within the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies; please view the requirements for the Master of Arts program in conjunction with these concentration requirements.
The purpose of this program is to offer multidisciplinary coursework at the graduate level to prepare professionals for a variety of field applications. Child development has historically been seen as an interdisciplinary field with influences by many disciplines to include anthropology, psychology, sociology, and education. This concentration is designed to prepare students with a foundation of graduate-level developmental science - a current interdisciplinary approach to the field of child development - and to synthesize this theme with current research in diverse contemporary issues such as: resilience, social cognition, attachment, casual thinking, etc. The program is designed to integrate this approach into diverse field settings to serve students who are professionals in the community as administrators, educators, child and family service workers, etc., as well as those individuals committed to pursuing doctoral study.
Admission into the MA Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Child Development will be limited first to those who meet the eligibility requirements for the graduate school and the department. Applicants must have completed the following:
- Baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 units completed.
- Writing section of the GRE with a score of 3.5.
- Minimum of 18 upper-division child development coursework.
- GPA of 3.0 in all upper-division child development coursework.