Online M.A.
Individualized studies track

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.

Build a foundation in child and adolescent development theory and practice to jumpstart a career working with children, youth, or families. In the individualized studies track, you’ll take core courses in child development and round out your degree with elective courses that align with your professional goals.

Find what drives you: Join us

  • Build an academic foundation in developmental science and statistical methods.
  • Learn about the advantages and challenges of applying developmental science in different settings.
  • Define your own specialization by choosing courses that best align with your career goals.

How to apply

Are you interested in taking a graduate course but aren't a student at the University of Minnesota? Visit OneStop Student Services to learn more about how to register.

11

total number of classes

32

total credit hours

Curriculum

Core and track coursework

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
  • EPSY 5261: Introductory Statistical Methods

Electives

In addition to the program’s core courses, you'll take 12 credits of electives or a minor selected from the other M.A. in applied child and adolescent development tracks or existing courses at the University of Minnesota. Examples include:

  • public policy
  • public health
  • business
  • early education

Careers

Knowledge of child and adolescent development will help you across a wide range of careers. Start or advance your career in a profession that intersects with child development and become a leader in your field.

Fields may include:

  • law or juvenile justice
  • child welfare
  • education
  • the arts
  • advocacy or policy
  • non-profit management
  • pediatric nursing
  • parent education

We're driven to make a difference

Elizabeth Carlson

Michele Mazzocco, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development. She completed graduate training in early childhood education and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental neuropsychology. Her research spans studies with children ages two to 15 years, and adults. Her primary research interests focus on cognitive development in early to middle childhood, individual differences and development of numeracy, mathematical thinking, math anxiety, and lexical ambiguity.

Tuition and funding

Students who take all of their courses online qualify for the Minnesota resident tuition rate. Tuition for our M.A. program follows the University’s general resident graduate tuition rates. Full-time enrollment is 6 to 14 credits per semester. Each track in our M.A. program has its own course and credit requirements.