24 months
9570 USD/year
9570 USD/year
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The focus of the Child and Family Development program offered by San Diego State University is on social and emotional development and on child development in context (e.g., early childhood education programs, schools, families, communities). 


Key facts

This program can help students move on to Ph.D. programs in related areas, and to further their professional expertise and credentials in areas related to children and families.

The Master of Science degree in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University is one of only 2 child development programs available in the CSU. With 101 community college child development programs, following the mandate of the Ryan Act, in California and 17 undergraduate programs within the CSU system, the M.S. program in child development plays a major role in training professionals for the State and region. The Department of Child and Family Development plays a leadership role in integration of curricula for community colleges and the CSU.

Areas of Emphasis

Areas of emphasis in the program include: early childhood development, prevention, intervention, family processes, risk and resilience, development across the lifespan, parent-child intergenerational relationships, enhancing school readiness and preparing teachers to work with families, socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes, influences of language and culture, and atypical development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human development and theories
  • Family processes and theories
  • Applications for prevention and intervention
  • Research methods
  • Program development and proposal writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree (Child Development or related fields preferred)
  • International coursework documents (if international applicant)
  • Completion of entire application package and all supplementary documents
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9570 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    9570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9570 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

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


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