Fifth-Year Master’s Degree Program: BA/MA in Child Study and Human Development

The Department of Child Study and Human Development offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate CSHD majors the option of a Fifth-Year Master’s Degree Program: BA/MA in Child Study and Human Development. This program allows students to finish the 10-course undergraduate degree requirements and the 10-course master's degree typically in five calendar years.

Graduates of the combined degree program receive both a bachelor's degree and a master’s degree from Tufts, and each degrees is awarded upon completion of requirements for each portion. In other words, you would graduate with an undergraduate degree with your undergraduate class and graduate with a master's with your master’s cohort once your graduate requirements are met.

Eligibility and Admissions Process

Admission to the Combined Degree in Child Study and Human Development (BA/MA) is open to current Tufts undergraduates who:

  • Major in CSHD (or double major in CSHD)
  • Have a minimum within-major GPA of 3.4
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2

Applicants to the program will have the application fee waived and only need to submit two letters of recommendation – at least one from an Eliot-Pearson faculty member.

Students may apply for admission to the combined degree program in the Fall or Spring semester of their Junior year (for application deadlines, please see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Combined Degree information ), or in the Fall of their Senior year. Students will be admitted to the program contingent on their maintenance of the GPA requirements outlined above and on the successful (B+ or above) completion of TWO graduate-level courses taken during their senior year in addition to the 10 courses required for the undergraduate major.

In their application to the combined degree program, in consultation with their program advisor, students applying in their Junior year will designate the TWO graduate-level courses that will be counted toward their master’s degree. These courses will be taken during the Senior year of the student’s undergraduate program.

Seniors who apply for admission to the program must meet the eligibility requirements listed above and must take their two additional courses during their Senior year in anticipation of possible admission to the program.

Tuition and Aid

Combined-degree students are responsible for four years of undergraduate tuition and two semesters of graduate tuition. The graduate degree scholarship committee will take the undergraduate degree scholarship package into consideration when making decisions. Tuition for the graduate program covers the graduate curriculum, starting with up to two Tufts graduate summer courses taken after the student's senior year.