Online M.A.
Individualized studies track

We are no longer accepting applications for our Summer 2021 cohort. Applications will reopen in Fall 2021 for our Summer 2022 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.


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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


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


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

Erin Gorski
I learned a vast amount of skills within my field experience, as well as rich knowledge within my MA studies, that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my professional career as I train the next generation of early childhood educators.

Erin Gorski
Online M.A Individualized studies track alum

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.