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Online M.A. in applied child and adolescent development

Learn how to draw on developmental science to address the needs of children and adolescents in advocacy, community, and health care settings. Acquire the field experience and strategies you need to put theory into practice when and where it benefits children and adolescents most.

In this program, you’ll take core courses in advanced developmental psychology, cognitive and biological development, social and emotional development, research methods, and ethics. Then, you’ll complete coursework in one of three specializations: infant and early childhood mental health, child life, or individualized studies.

This an online program. View information about University of Minnesota online programs, including technical requirements and student resources.

Find what drives you: Join us

  • Be a part of a community devoted to understanding and supporting how children learn and grow.
  • Study with award-winning faculty from the #1 developmental psychology program in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2018).
  • Earn your degree entirely online: learn from where you are, when it’s convenient for you.

Core curriculum

In addition to choosing a specialization from one of our three tracks, you'll take foundational courses in child and adolescent development.

  • CPSY 5301: Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • CPSY 5302: Cognitive and Biological Development
  • CPSY 5303: Social and Emotional Development
  • CPSY 5304: Research Methods in Applied Child and Adolescent Development
  • CPSY 5306: Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Child and Adolescent Development

Choose your specialization

Infant and early childhood mental health

Support the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers. Prepare for a career that incorporates early childhood mental health practice or policy. If you’re already in the field, gain the skills you need to advance your career. Learn more

Child life

Prepare to be a child life specialist, a trained professional who helps children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization. Learn more

Individualized studies

Build a foundation in child and adolescent development theories and methods. Personalize your degree by selecting elective courses that you can apply to a career field that interests you. Learn more

Tuition and funding

Since this is an online program, all students qualify for the Minnesota resident tuition rate. Tuition for our M.A. program follows the University’s general resident graduate tuition rates for the College of Education and Human Development. Full-time enrollment is 6 to 14 credits per semester. Each track in our M.A. program has its own course and credit requirements.