Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Arts in Child Development


Director of Graduate Admissions

E-mail Emanuel

(914) 395-2371

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Arts in Child Development program. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to Sarah Lawrence College.

The application deadline is February 1. Apply to the Child Development graduate program online.

If you are interested in the dual degree program, you must apply separately to each school. Visit the New York University website for information about applying to the Social Work program.

Please Note: All application materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Application Requirements

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available.

Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail to:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Attn: Child Development
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, N.Y. 10708


An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended is required prior to enrollment in the graduate program. 

It is the applicant's responsibility to see that official transcripts (one copy only) from all colleges and universities attended are sent directly from each school to the Graduate Studies Office at Sarah Lawrence College (have the institution specify the program on the envelope).

Please send materials to:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Attn: Child Development
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, N.Y. 10708


Interviews are arranged by invitation after all materials have been reviewed.


Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort.

If an applicant is unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.

Statement of Objectives and Goals/Writing Sample

Please include the following with your application:

  1. Autobiography (500-1,000 words).
  2. Please state in general and specific terms why you want to pursue graduate work in Child Development.
  3. Why do you want to pursue your graduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College?
  4. Please submit a copy of graded undergraduate academic or professional writing.

Any additional material that represents the ability to pursue graduate study would be welcome.

Include all writing materials with each sheet clearly labeled, indicating the specific question being answered. Address each question according to indicated or reasonable length (generally at least one page, if not indicated). All materials must be typed.

TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.

For more information, please contact Emanuel Lomax, Director of Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.