Child Advocacy, Public Child Welfare Concentration (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.
Along with the Child Advocacy, Public Child Welfare Concentration (MA) degree, the following options are available for graduate study: Child Advocacy and Policy (MA), Child Advocacy and Policy (MA) – ONLINE, 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.
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.
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, Public Child Welfare Concentration (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.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
The MA with a concentration in public child welfare consists of the campus MA curriculum (11 courses, 33 credit hours) with no option for external electives. The concentration is only available to students enrolled in the campus MA program. For more information, please visit the Child Advocacy, Public Welfare Concentrations (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.*