Childhood Studies

Rutgers University

24 months
29232 USD/year
29232 USD/year
17736 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Welcome to graduate study in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University. We look forward to working with you to develop a new approach to scholarship with and about children and childhood.


The Master of Arts in Childhood Studies from Rutgers University equips practitioners and beginning scholars with the skills and knowledge to understand and to address the challenges which confront children throughout the world. The program prepares its graduates to conduct research with and about children, formulate social policy on behalf of children and their families, and work effectively with the diverse populations of children found throughout the world.

The Department of Childhood Studies puts the issues, concepts and debates that surround the study of children and childhoods at the center of its research and teaching missions.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, the Department of Childhood Studies aims both to theorize and historicize the figure of the Child and to situate the study of children and childhoods within contemporary cultural and global contexts.

The curriculum in the Department is multidisciplinary in scope and purpose and provides students with a strong background in both humanistic and social science perspectives on children and their representations. This approach will prepare students for careers in many areas including academics, public policy, social services, youth programming, and education.

General Learning Goals 

Students will be able to demonstrate learning (knowledge, skills, awareness) in the multidisciplinary field of Childhood Studies through broad reading, sustained writing, in-depth research and critical analysis in topics related to understanding children and childhood today and in the past, both locally and globally. In addition, graduates will create new knowledge in the field of childhood studies demonstrated by extensive research projects (the MA paper and doctoral dissertation).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child Growth & Development
  • Children and Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective 
  • Literary and Cultural Constructions of Childhood
  • History of Childhood
  • Play and Play Theory
  • Postcolonial Childhoods 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE General required, or LSAT for PhD applicants. Personal statement indicating interests within childhood studies and reasons for applying to Rutgers Childhood studies program.
  • In your personal statement please indicate your interest in childhod studies generally as well as the Rutgers-Camden program specifically. Why are you applying to this program in particular?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14616 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14616 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    17736 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8868 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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