Child Development, M.A. | Sarah Lawrence College | Bronxville, United States
24 months
32630 USD/year
32630 USD/year
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This unique Child Development program at Sarah Lawrence College takes a progressive approach to studying child development by exploring the lives of children as the interaction of intellectual, emotional, social and imaginative streams.


The program combines in-depth study of primary theoretical perspectives with practical fieldwork, preparing you to support the complex needs of children and their families.

Why pursue a Master of Arts degree in Child Development from Sarah Lawrence College?

  • In close consultation with faculty mentors, you will develop your own plan of study individualized to your academic interests and long-term career goals
  • You’ll have access to on-campus resources including the Early Childhood Center, one of the country’s first laboratory schools, and the Child Development Institute
  • We have been pioneers in the field of Child Development for almost 50 years and are one of the few institutions in the country to focus on play therapy
  • You will be immersed in child development theory through small seminar classes
  • This degree prepares you to work directly with infants, children and their families in various settings, such as in early intervention or play therapy contexts, for teaching child development at an intermediate level, or for pursuing doctoral study in clinical psychology
  • Our dual degree MA/MSW option with NYU Silver School for Social Work provides you with the unique opportunity to earn two complimentary degrees, preparing you to meet the unique needs of children and their families as a social worker

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Development
  • Moral Development
  • The Power and Meanings of Play in Children’s Lives
  • Speaking the Unspeakable: Trauma, Emotion, Cognition, and Language
  • Neurodiversity and Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Perspectives: Challenges to Child and Adolescent Development
  • Puzzling Over People: Social Reasoning in Childhood and Adolescence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study.
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)
  • Application fee
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

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    32630 USD/year
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    32630 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 32630 USD per year during 24 months.


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