Admission Requirements

The B.S. to M.S. degree program in child life is designed to allow students to complete combined undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. It includes 9 units taken during the summer terms. This program is only open to undergraduates pursuing the Department of Family Studies and Community Development's Introduction to Child Life track. 

Admission Requirements - B.S. to M.S. Program

If you wish to apply for admission, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • have completed 60 units (may include transfer units and units in which you are currently enrolled)
  • be a family and human services major in the introduction to child life track.
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring term preceding screening for admission.
  • have completed the following courses with a grade of "B" or higher:
  • FMST 240
  • FMST 301
  • FMST 302
  • Statistics (MATH 231, MATH 237, ECON 205 or PSYC 212)
  • PSYC 203
  • Biology with lab
  • have a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or paid work experience with children with special health care needs in a child life department under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. All 40 hours must have been completed within two years of the application deadline and in no more than two different settings. You must have been in each setting for a minimum of 10 hours. Applicants with volunteer hours beyond the minimum will be viewed more favorably.

Admission Materials

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • admission application provided by the department

B.S. to M.S. Admission Application Form (PDF)

  • an essay not exceeding three double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margin typed pages which answers the following questions:
  1. Briefly describe ways in which the work of a child life specialist contributes to the health care experience of a child and his/her family.
  2. How did you become interested in the field of child life?
  3. Provide a specific example of a time that you used play to meet the developmental needs of a child in a health care setting.
  4. Explain the relevance of research to Child Life. How do you see research informing your role?
  • a completed Volunteer/Work Experience Verification Form for each institution at which you volunteered or worked in the child life department under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist

Form C: Volunteer/Work/Practicum Experience Verification Form (PDF)

  • official transcripts that include coursework taken through the spring term preceding application to the program

where to send completed application materials

Please mail all completed application materials to the following address:

Towson University
Department of Family Studies and Community Development
Child Life Program Director
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

**PLEASE NOTE: Letters of recommendation and GRE scores are NOT required for admission**

Non-immigrant international students: See additional information in Graduate Admissions.


Screening for the B.S. to M.S. program will occur immediately after January 15 for all applicants who have complete files. The department's admissions committee will evaluate all completed applications based upon GPA, the essay, and volunteer work. The top candidates from this pool will be selected for admission.