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