M.Sc. On Campus

Child and Family Studies - Child Life

24 months
17436 USD/year
17436 USD/year
9444 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The M.S. Child and Family Studies - Child Life graduate program offers a more in-depth study of children, adults and families along the life span. The program offered by Ohio University prepares individuals who are interested in studying and/or working with families in many settings, including human and social service agencies, and programs for youth, adolescents and elders. 


Key facts:

  • This M.S. Child and Family Studies - Child Life program offered by Ohio University prepares students for a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), as designated by the Child Life Council, the governing organization that oversees this profession. 
  • The CCLS helps normalize the hospitalization experience for children and families, and provides specific services that include preparations for medical procedures, coping skills for children during stressful healthcare experiences, support for siblings and parents, therapeutic medical play, planning and implementing activities to enhance growth and development, and interdisciplinary team involvement.
  • In addition to core courses in the child and family studies program, students in this concentration are required to take special courses. Applicants having volunteer experiences (50 hours minimum) in a child life department within a hospital will be given priority application review, so we highly encourage applicants to begin volunteering before the fall semester for which they are applying.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Assessment and Helping Skills
  • Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations
  • Transitions in Development: Middle Childhood
  • Transitions in Development: Adolescence
  • Children, Families, Stress & Trauma
  • Children & Families in Healthcare Settings 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

A degree-seeking application must include:

  • Appropriate application fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Evidence of English Proficiency (non-native speakers of English only)
In addition, an application must include any program-specific materials which may include (but is not limited to):
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test scores
  • Writing sample
  • Personal statement, statement of professional goals, or biographical statement
  • Portfolio or audition recording

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8718 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    17436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8718 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4722 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Athens

1079 - 1780 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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