Admission Requirements

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Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

Advanced track admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis or minor in child life or a bachelor’s degree and currently hold certification as a Child Life Specialist
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher
  • Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in English by either having achieved a score of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 79 on the IBT or internet- based TOEFL, or by other equivalent means.
Standard track admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree with no emphasis or minor in child life studies
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher
  • Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in English by either having achieved a score of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 79 on the IBT or internet- based TOEFL, or by other equivalent means.
  • Minimum of 100 documented volunteer hours working with children or youth in a health care facility
Advanced track application materials

In addition to the university graduate admission materials, the following application materials must also be submitted.

  • Child life studies graduate program application
  • Letter of intent, including background information about professional/volunteer experiences, professional goals and future plans, with 1,000 words or less
  • Résumé
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation: One from the academic setting (or someone that can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program) and one from the clinical setting (or someone that can speak to your ability with children and families).  Confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted within the GradCAS application system.
  • Copy of the certified child life specialist, a.k.a. CCLS, certificate, if applicable
Standard track application materials

In addition to the university graduate admission materials, the following application materials must also be submitted.

  • Child life studies graduate program application

  • Letter of intent, including background information about professional/volunteer experiences, professional goals, and future plans, with 1,000 words or less

  • Signed documentation of a minimum of 100 volunteer hours in a pediatric health care facility.  

  • Résumé

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation: One from the academic setting (or someone that can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program) and one from the clinical setting (or someone that can speak to your ability with children and families).  Confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted within the GradCAS application system.

Accelerated admission requirements

To be considered for admission, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Officially admitted into the Bachelor of Science child and family development, child life option, program
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Completed or currently enrolled in CFD 354 Working with the Hospitalized Child with achievement of a B or higher
Accelerated admission procedure

Students are encouraged to apply to the Child Life Studies accelerated graduate program the semester prior to taking CFD 510, 557, 562 and 563. Before enrolling in courses to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit (i.e. mixed), an undergraduate student must be admitted into the accelerated graduate program and receive prior approval from the Graduate Program Director of Child Life Studies, the Childhood Education and Family Studies Department Head and the Dean of the Graduate College through the use of a mixed credit form.

A student will be fully admitted to the Graduate College upon the completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, provided the student meets all other requirements for admission to the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the courses. See the Graduate College for further information.

Accelerated application materials

The following application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Program Director of Child Life Studies:

  1. Child life studies graduate program application
  2. Letter of intent, including background information about professional/volunteer experiences, professional goals, and future plans, with 1,000 words or less
  3. Résumé