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Applied Child and Adolescent Development

12 months
18468 USD/year
18468 USD/year
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Learn how to draw on developmental science to address the needs of children and adolescents in advocacy, community, and health care settings with the Applied Child and Adolescent Development program of the University of Minnesota. Acquire the field experience and strategies you need to put theory into practice when and where it benefits children and adolescents most.


In the Applied Child and Adolescent Development program of the University of Minnesota, you’ll take core courses in advanced developmental psychology, cognitive and biological development, social and emotional development, research methods, and ethics. Then, you’ll complete coursework in one of three specializations: infant and early childhood mental health, child life, or individualized studies.

Choose your specialization

In our program, you'll build a strong foundation in child and adolescent development and choose a specialization from one of our three track options. Click on a track below to learn more about coursework and career opportunities.

Child life

Prepare to be a child life specialist, a trained professional who helps children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization.

Individualized studies

Personalize your degree by selecting elective courses that you can apply to a career field that interests you.

Infant and early childhood mental health

Prepare for a career that incorporates early childhood mental health practice or policy. Live in Minnesota? Pursue an option to prepare for an LPCC license.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Biological Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Research Methods in Applied Child and Adolescent Development
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Child and Adolescent Development

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH

32 to 35 credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent, earned prior to the summer start of the M.A. program. Preferred GPA: 3.00
  • At least one general psychology, human development, or a social science course with a grade B or higher. If you are a student at the University of Minnesota, we encourage you to take CPSY 2301: Intro to Child Psychology
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Diversity statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Fee: $75 ($95 for international applicants)
  • For students whose first language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9234 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9234 USD per semester during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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