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Child Development (M.S.) Program Application

Find application information for the Child Development (M.S.) Program, as well as required supplemental documents.

Note: Priority consideration given to those candidates that submit both applications (Cal State Apply and program application) by February 15, 2019.

Important Dates for Fall 2019

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2018)
March 1, 2019
(Please submit ASAP)
2. Program application  March 1, 2019
3.  Transcripts & GRE scores due  April 1, 2019


Steps to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply to the Child Development (M.S.) Program:

  1. Apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply.
  2. Request official transcripts.
  3. Apply to the SDSU College of Education program which offers the degree you seek.

1. Cal State Apply

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application)

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2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Test Scores and Transcripts page.

3. Program application

Gather required items

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload:

Please follow the instructions in this Resumé Guidelines document (PDF).

 Please download and complete this Language Background form (PDF) with your application.

Please provide one example of your academic writing. Research or literature review papers are preferred. This requirement applies to all applicants.

Contact 3 individuals who you have interacted with professionally and who would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program application.

In a 1-page, double-spaced essay, please explain:

  • Why you wish to become a student in the Master of Science in Child Development
  • Any experience  you have which you believe makes you an especially qualified applicant for a graduate degree program in Child Development
  • Your research interests and which faculty you may be interested in working with
  • Your future career goals and how this degree will help you achieve them
Submit your program application online

Access the Online Program Application

Go to Program Application - Apply Now

  • Your program application has been created in a system called Interfolio. For help, refer to this Interfolio Tutorial (PDF).