Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration (M.S.)
Admission to Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration (M.S.) is for the Fall Term only:
- No GRE scores are required.
- Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
in family studies, family science, health science, human services, human development,
psychology, sociology or another related discipline.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) is required for full admission
to the program, and 2.75 is required for conditional admission. GPA calculations may
be based upon the cumulative units or the last 60 units of the degree. See graduate admission policies for more information.
- Prerequisites: Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher (see
Coursework Verification Form under Application Requirements):
- Human Development across the Lifespan (one lower-division course)
- Infant and/or Child Development and Adolescent Development Coursework (two courses
— six upper-division credits)
- Research Methods (one upper-division course)
- Volunteer/Work/Practicum Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of 100 hours of
volunteer, child life practicum or paid work experience (example, child life assistant)
with children with special health care needs in a child life department under the
direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Applicants with volunteer
hours beyond the minimum will be viewed more favorably. If you do not have the minimum 100 hours, we encourage you to contact Lisa Martinelli
Beasley, Graduate Program Director, at lmartinelli AT_TOWSON for advisement.
- Interview: The highest ranking applicants will be required to interview with the faculty
of the Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration program. Invitations to
interview will be made in February. Interviews will take place in March.
OPTION FOR CERTIFIED CHILD LIFE SPECIALISTS (CCLSS)
Applicants who are already certified child life specialists may complete Form B to
request a competency in lieu of coursework review for any of the courses noted above.
This review would include documentation that verifies the individual's mastery of
the course content. Successful requests for competency in lieu of coursework should
include a didactic (Re: workshops, professional development and/or related undergraduate
coursework) preparation and professional practice.
Submit an online application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
U.S. Immigration requires F1 and J1 students to be enrolled full-time with the majority
of their classes taken in-person and on campus. For a list of TU programs that comply
as well as information on required credential evaluations and English-language proficiency,
please see admission requirements for international students.