M.Sc. On Campus

Child Life and Family-Centered Care

Boston University

18 months
58560 USD/year
58560 USD/year
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The MS in Child Life and Family-Centered Care at Boston University prepares students to work as a part of an interdisciplinary team to support the psychosocial and developmental needs of children of different ages, cultures, and medical conditions, as well as the needs of their families in healthcare settings.


Key facts

The Child Life and Family-Centered Care program at Boston University is designed to educate students for entry-level positions as child life specialists and to prepare them to sit for the Association of Child Life Professionals certification examination.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess needs of children undergoing medical treatments and provide psychological preparation for stressful events.
  • Implement child life services using evidence-based practice.
  • Create an environment where play is valued.
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic, and healing environment for children and families.
  • Meet all professional competencies defined by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Special Education
  • Autism
  • Families with Children with Disabilities
  • Student with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • Statement of Qualifications and Objectives
  • Equity & Inclusion Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official standardized test score reports, if required*
  • Analytical Essay (doctoral applicants only)
  • Non-refundable $95 application fee

Tuition Fee

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    58560 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 58560 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    58560 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 58560 USD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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