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Child Advocacy and Policy (MA)

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Child Advocacy and Policy (MA)

This Master of Arts will offer students an applied course of study in child advocacy. As an emerging field, child advocacy includes an understanding of parts of several disciplines: psychology, sociology, law. However, it is a field where the whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts. Briefly stated, this program aims to provide a comprehensive view of the field of child advocacy that includes both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary components.

Along with the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) online degree, the following options are available for graduate study: Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) – ONLINEChild Advocacy and Policy with a concentration in Public Child Welfare (MA), and Child Advocacy and Policy Certificate. Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission into the program, students must meet the following criteria: bachelor’s degree, grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate major, an interview with a committee of faculty teaching in the program and a writing sample to be completed at the time of the interview.

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission (Fall admission only)
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement – Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This 11 course, 33 credit hour master’s program provides a comprehensive view of the interdisciplinary field of child advocacy and the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a child advocacy professional. Those students enrolled full time will take three courses per semester (fall and spring) and must complete a field placement (Practicum in Public Child Welfare – CHAD 620) and culminating program experience (Seminar in Child Advocacy – CHAD 680). For more information, please visit the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Emily Douglas
Dickson Hall