Childhood Studies (M.A. and Ph.D.)

Childhood Studies
(M.A. | Ph.D.)

Welcome to the Rutgers University-Camden Childhood Studies master and doctoral program, where we engage in a comprehensive exploration of children and childhood across diverse historical, multicultural, national, and global contexts. Our program adopts a multidisciplinary approach, allowing us to both theorize and contextualize the concept of the Child while examining the study of children and childhoods within present-day cultural and global frameworks.


Rutgers-Camden’s Department of Childhood Studies is dedicated to centering the study of children and childhoods in its research and teaching missions. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, it seeks to both theorize and historicize the concept of childhood while also contextualizing the study of children and childhood within contemporary cultural and global settings.

The Master of Arts in Childhood Studies equips practitioners and beginning scholars with the skills and knowledge to understand and address the challenges which confront children throughout the world. The program prepares its graduates to conduct research with and about children, formulate social policy on behalf of children and their families, and work effectively with diverse populations of children. Graduates pursue careers in public policy, social services, youth programming, and education.

The Rutgers University-Camden Doctor of Philosophy in Childhood Studies program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum immersing students in conceptual, theoretical, and methodological knowledge central to the field. Through coursework and a comprehensive dissertation, students investigate critical problems, nurturing expertise as scholars. Graduates conduct research, contribute to social policy formulation, and engage effectively with diverse groups of children.

Upon completion of the M.A. or Ph.D. programs, graduates embark on diverse career paths. They pursue roles as tenure-track academic professors, educators, administrators in secondary education, consultants, and positions within non-governmental organizations dedicated to children’s rights and welfare. The programs provide a strong foundation for meaningful contributions in academia, policy-making, and various professional settings where expertise in childhood studies is highly valued.

Program Overview




DEGREEMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Accelerated option available
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CREDITS30 credits60 Credits
FORMATFull-time or part-time, on-campusFull-time or part-time, on-campus
DURATION4 semesters 10 semesters
FUNDINGUniversity and Graduate School Funding Available (Partial Funding Only)University and Graduate School Funding Available (Full funding available for select students)

Program in Action

Stay informed with news, student and faculty research, publications, and presentations. Engage with the community for connections and knowledge sharing.

The first Black Childhoods Speakers Series, “Centering Black Childhoods,” sparked global dialogue, uniting participants from India, the UK, and Rutgers-Camden.

Professor Dan Cook delves into “The Moral Project of Childhood,” unveiling maternal influence on children’s morality and consumerism in 19th-century America.

Admissions Requirements




TRANSCRIPTS Transcripts from all post-secondary education, including completion of an undergraduate degree (and graduate, if applicable) with a minimum GPA of 3.0Transcripts from all post-secondary education, including completion of an undergraduate degree (and graduate, if applicable) with a minimum GPA of 3.2
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION One, preferably two, letters of referenceThree letters of recommendation that indicate the potential for success in the Ph.D. program, with at least two from persons familiar with your work in an academic setting
PERSONAL STATEMENT A statement of personal, professional, and academic goalsPersonal statement indicating your motivation to earn a Ph.D., assets you will bring to the class, a description of your background and experience, and how a Ph.D. will benefit your future
WRITING SAMPLE Not requiredA writing sample of 10+ pages
STANDARDIZED TEST Not requiredNot required

Application Deadlines

Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.




Reach Out to Us

Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.


Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

Graduate Director
(856) 225-7008


Erick E. Watt-Udogu

Assistant Dean, Graduate School-Camden
(856) 225-6149

Take the Next Step.

We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.