M.A. On Campus

Child Development

California State University Sacramento

12 months
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The Master of Arts in Child Development program at the California State University Sacramento offers an opportunity for the advanced study of developmental theory and research in preparation for a wide range of professional objectives.


The Child Development program offered by the California State University Sacramento emphasizes scholarly reflection on developmental issues, and academic excellence in oral and written communication. Program faculty value academic scholarship and research, and regard their application in professional settings as central to the mission of the MA program. 

Graduates of the program are expected to be well educated, lifelong learners, with excellent preparation in research, theory and practice in diverse, multicultural settings.


The MA program prepares graduates for professional employment in a variety of settings, including working directly with infants, children and their families, teaching at the community college level, and preparing for additional study toward a doctoral degree in child development or a related field. 

The program incorporates the following areas of study: developmental research and theory; cognitive, linguistic and social, and emotional development of children; social, and cultural and familial influences on development; children with behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and academic special needs and their families; programming and curricula development; principles and practices involved in organizing, administering, and evaluating child development programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Social Development 
  • Seminar in Cognitive Development 
  • Selected Topics in Developmental Theory 
  • Motivation and Learning in Children 
  • Curriculum and Instruction 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a BA in Child/Human Development or a closely related field,
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units completed;
  • experience in programs serving children from infancy through primary grades; and
  • strong writing and communication skills.
  • online applications for admission;
  • official transcripts from all college and universities attended, other than Sacramento State;
  • a well-written, clearly articulated, statement of the applicant's educational and professional background and an explanation of how graduate study will advance the applicant's professional goals;
  • two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Sacramento

1190 - 1765 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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