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Child Development (M.S.) Program Application

Learn how to apply to the Child Development (M.S.) Program. 

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
March 1, 2022
(Please submit ASAP)
2. Program application  March 1, 2022
3.  Official Transcripts due  April 1, 2022


 Note: Priority consideration given to those candidates that submit both applications (Cal State Apply and program application) by February 15, 2022.

Steps to Apply


1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

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

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) - Opens Oct 1

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2. Request official transcripts

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

3. Submit the Program application

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

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.

Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources. We recommend having at least one letter from a university professor (and all three can be university professors). Professors who you have worked with on a research project are great letter writers, as are professors who have gotten to know you in a classroom setting. Employers or internship supervisors are also great recommenders if you are working in a field related to child and family development.

For now just get the recommenders name and email address as you will request these letters be submitted through the Program application.

In a two-page, double-spaced essay, respond to the following prompts.  Please format with double-spacing, 12 point font and at least one-inch margins.  Use a maximum of two pages for your answer, and please upload in PDF format. 

Please explain:

  • Why you wish to become a student in the Master of Science in Child Development.
  • Any experience that you have, which you believe makes you an especially qualified applicant for a graduate degree program in Child Development.
  • Your research or project development interests, which faculty you may be interested in working with on research or project development.
  • What population you are most interested in learning about or working to benefit (e.g. low income, teens, racial and/or ethnic minorities).
  • 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

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