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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Master's Program

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Our master's program is committed to training our students to be scholars and practitioners who want to make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents and impact the contexts in which they live: families, schools, and communities.

Join small classes led by innovative faculty and be immersed in interdisciplinary research that includes virtually every major influence on children's and adolescents' lives. Engage socially at activities organized by the vibrant Graduate Student Organization, such as film viewings and panel discussions, and department events such as welcome picnics and holiday parties.

Program overview

After their first semester in the program, students choose whether they want to pursue the applied track or the thesis track, and whether they wish to concentrate in a specific area.

Upon completion of the M.A., many of our graduates enter a CSHD-related profession; others enter doctoral or other degree or licensure programs; some work for a few years before going on to further studies. Recent jobs obtained by graduates of our M.A. program include:

  • Developmental Specialist in an early intervention program
  • Child Advocate in a juvenile court
  • Child Life Specialist in a hospital setting
  • Family Therapist in a therapeutic school
  • Research Coordinator in a pediatric unit of a hospital
  • Curriculum Specialist in a public school
  • Technology Consultant in an after-school program
  • Assistant to the Director of a children's television program

Program highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized path of study
  • Mentorship from professors at the top of their fields
  • Collaborative research that crosses disciplines
  • Exclusive internship opportunities
  • Emphasis on applied research

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

M.A. Program competencies

Learn more about CSHD faculty and research