The Tufts MA in Child Study and Human Development will provide you with a strong theoretical foundation in child development; coursework in an area of specialization; mentorship; research skills; and applied opportunities and fieldwork. Graduates of the program go on to become scholars and practitioners who are making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents.
Graduates of the Child Study and Human Development MA Program understand how to use theory and research to positively impact the lives of children and families. Many graduates do direct service work in the field of education, while others enter doctoral or other degree or licensure programs, and some work for a few years before going on to pursue further advanced study. Recent graduates of the MA program have secured positions such as:
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After their first semester, students determine whether they want to pursue the applied track or the thesis track of the master's program. In the applied track , students work in field placements, such as after school programs, juvenile justice facilities, and hospitals, while receiving support and guidance from Tufts faculty. In the thesis track, students participate in faculty research labs and projects. They attend meetings, conduct literature reviews, locate subjects, collect data, analyze data, and draft research reports, articles, and books for publication.
In addition, students are able to concentrate in one of two specific areas or follow an individualized program of study:
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*Sources: GSAS-SOE Graduate Exit Survey 2020 - 2021 and Academic Analytics (Alumni Insights)