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 the diverse populations of children. Graduates pursue careers in public policy, social services, youth programming, and education.

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary education, including completion of an undergraduate degree (and graduate, if applicable) with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • One, preferably two, letters of reference
  • A statement of personal, professional, and academic goals

Application Deadlines:

Fall Priority Deadline: March 1st
Spring Priority Deadline: November 1st

Degree Requirements

30 total credits

  • Research Methods (6 credits)
  • Childhood Studies Core Curriculum (15 credits)
  • Electives (9 credits)
  • A final master’s paper project undertaken with the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Graduate Faculty

Visit the Childhood Studies Graduate Faculty Listing.

Contact the Department

Dr. Sarada Balagopalan
(856) 225-6892
sarada.balagopalan@rutgers.edu 
329 Cooper, Rm 218

Program Website

Visit the Department of Childhood Studies website