Admission Requirements

Out-of-the-area, out-of-state, and international prospective students are encouraged to complete the application process. The MS in Child Life Program Chair will be in contact once your application is complete.

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor‚Äôs degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A required cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for undergraduate degrees and for any graduate study work
  • One letter of reference from a professional working with children
  • A professional r√©sum√©
  • A written letter of intent/purpose that includes a clear statement of short- and long-term professional goals and explains the applicant‚Äôs motivation in seeking admission to the program
  • An individual interview (in person or virtual, depending on location and availability) Prerequisites for Admission to the Program:
  • At least 15 semester hours or a minimum of five courses in child development or related fields approved by the program director
  • One to two years of professional work experience with children in educational institutions or related institutions approved by the program director
  • Completion of the pre-admission questions and possible in-hospital visitation by the applicant
  • A writing assessment with the program director
  • Preferred child life hospital volunteer experience

International Students

  • Language proficiency (TOEFL IBT 80, IELTS 6.5,¬†ELS level 112, or equivalent)
  • Credential evaluation is needed for¬†international transcripts

The following items are required for an I-20 student visa:

  • Financial statement (within the last six months)
  • Bank statement (within the last six months)
  • Copy of passport