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Child Advocacy and Policy, M.A.

Child Advocacy and Policy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, NJ,
This Master of Arts will offer students an applied course of study in child advocacy. As an emerging field, child advocacy includes an understanding of parts of several disciplines: psychology, sociology, law. However, it is a field where the whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts.


Briefly stated, this program aims to provide:

  • A comprehensive view of the field of child advocacy that includes both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary components.
  • A particular understanding of the intricacies of the public child welfare system.
  • Competencies in knowledge, methods, and applications needed for careers and professional development in the field of child advocacy.
  • Field work experience in occupational settings such as the offices of the Division of Children & Families (DCF), Child Advocacy Centers, Residential Treatment facilities, the Juvenile Justice System among others.
  • Access to the program to individuals living in the central and southern regions of the state through a distance-learning component.

Programme Structure

  • The Bullying Spectrum
  • Introduction to Adolescent Advocacy
  • Development and Trauma in Adolescence
  • Adolescents and the System
  • Substance Abuse and Family Crisis
  • Family Empowerment Models for Child Advocates
  • Child Protective Service Investigation
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Engaging the Adolescent
  • Child Advocacy Policy and Practice
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Seminar: Selected Topics in Child Advocacy
  • Seminar in Adolescent Advocacy
  • Culturally Competent Practice in Child Advocacy
  • Permanency Planning
  • Advocacy in Child Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Applications in Addictions Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Counseling Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Introduction to Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling
  • Child in the Family
  • Intercultural Study of Family
  • United States Legal System

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

In order to gain admission into the program students must meet the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate major
  • Complete an interview by a committee of faculty teaching in the program
  • Include a writing sample to be completed at the time of the interview

In addition, students must meet all standards set by The Graduate School for admission to a graduate program.

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        1000 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1000 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
      • National Applies to you

        693 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 693 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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      Living costs for Montclair

      • 1673 - 4120 USD/month
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