Application Components and Admissions Criteria

Below are the various application components and admissions criteria. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. Following the January 15th application deadline, all complete application files are forwarded to the Admission's Committee for the MSCL program. The graduate School at the College of Charleston ensures that all required components of the application including formal Graduate Record Examination report, three letters of recommendation, formal transcripts, and the volunteer documentation form(s) have been received before forwarded the application file to the program admission's committee. Only fully complete applications are reviewed by the admission's committee. Students are encouraged to begin the application process early to provide sufficicent time for all required application documents to be received by the January 15th deadline. 

-Clear, personal statement regarding why the applicant is interested in the field of child life, how the applicant has prepared for graduate study in child life, and career goals;

-Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and recommended GPA of at least 3.0 in the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework;

-Recommended GPA of 3.0 in a major related to child life (child development, psychology, sociology or education, etc.);

-Official transcript from all academic institutions;

-Official GRE scores: recommended minimum at or above the 50th percentile for Verbal and Quantitative scores and a 4 or above on the analytical writing section; 

-Three letters of recommendation, 2 of which must be from academic sources (individuals who have served as professors for college-level coursework). During the application process, one of the earliest steps of the application includes the letters of recommendation page. In this section, applicants are asked to enter the name of their recommenders along with their email addresses. After completing this section, applicants can submit their requests for recommendation to the individuals who will be completing the recommendation form (and supporting letter). This is a secure, electronic protal through which recommenders receive a link by which to submit their completed reference forms and letters. Please do not email letters of recommendation or mail them to the College or Program Director. All recommendations must be submitted electronically through the application electronic protal by your references. Requests for recommendations can be sent out before the entire application is completed and submitted. We sugest providing at least several weeks for recommenders to complete this process and submit their recommendations prior to the January 15th application deadline;

-Minimum 100 hours of formal volunteer experience with children, preferably in a child life setting and documented in writing by the supervisor (volunteer experience must be unpaid and not completed for course credit- please see information above);

-Completion of at least 18 credit hours (six classes) in courses related to infant child, and adolescent development, multicultural child and family issues, childhood medical conditions, health communication, developmental psychology, health psychology, and/or child life theory, medical ethics, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology (only one course can count toward the 18 hours). At least one course must focus on infant, child, adolescent development (birth-18 years);

-TOEFL scores if your primary language is not English (at least 20 in writing; 23 in speaking; 17 in listening; and 21 in reading)

Following the initial review of all completed applications, we will send select applicants an invitation for an on-campus interview. Interviews are conducted by invitation only. Should you have any questions at any point of the process, please contact us.

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