Child Life, M.Sc. | University of Georgia | Athens, United States
24 months
24676 USD/year
24676 USD/year
8698 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This Child Life program at the University of Georgia prepares students to support the social-emotional needs of children and families in health care settings.



The Child Life program at the University of Georgia combines courses in Human Development and Family Science with classes specific to issues in child life. Coursework also includes opportunities to apply theory and research in a hospital or other health care setting. 

Courses are sequenced in order to provide students with adequate preparation for the Child Life internship as well as the Child Life certification exam. Coursework is typically completed in six semesters across two academic years (including summers).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have obtained positions within various hospitals, pediatric hospice settings, and other child or family support organizations. Positions held by some of the previous graduates include:

  • Child life specialist
  • Community-physician liaison
  • National outreach coordinator for local hospitals
  • Extension agent
  • Program coordinator of Children’s Miracle Network
  • Hospice specialist
  • Director of marketing
  • Public relations at the Georgia Transplant Foundation
  • Head Start/Early Head Start home-based program supervisor

Programme Structure

The curriculum includes courses in the following areas:

  • Child development
  • Theories in family relationships
  • Research methods
  • The hospitalized child and family
  • Child life interventions
  • Therapeutic benefits of play
  • Death, dying, and bereavement
  • Hospital practicum
  • Hospital internship
  • Clinical project or thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
150 (verbal)
150 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

Application requirements for the Graduate School:

  • Resume
  • TOEFL Scores, only required of applicants whose native language is not English
  • Transcripts for all institutions attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Three signed recommendation letters
  • Personal Statement (Limit to 1500 words)
  • Social Justice Statement (Limit to 500 words)
  • The University of Georgia Graduate School requires a minimum GRE score of 300 (150 verbal + 150 quantitative) plus a minimum score of 4 on the writing portion, and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or 3.5 from a previous graduate program) for admission.
  • Optional: Applicant Video

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24676 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    24676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24676 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8698 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8698 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Athens

720 - 1170 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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