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

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Director

E-mail Barbara

914.395.2247

You may apply for Fall entry to the Child Development program using our online application system. The deadline to apply is January 15. 

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.

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Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including schools and dates attended
  • A copy of your transcripts 
  • A curriculum vitae
  • The names and contact details of two people who can provide a letter of reference
  • An autobiography
  • A personal statement
  • A copy of an undergraduate academic paper
  • TOEFL results (for international applicants)

You can find detailed guidance on these application requirements below.

Application Requirements

Academic Qualifications

Applicants must have received 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.

Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. However, if an applicant is admitted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Unofficial transcripts for application purposes should be submitted to us via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application. Official transcripts for enrollment purposes can be sent to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery or mailed to us from each undergraduate and graduate institution. Our mailing address is as follows:

Graduate Admission
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

Please note: An "unofficial" transcript is a document that has been opened and examined by the student or printed from an institution's website before being submitted to Sarah Lawrence College. Any transcript that you upload to your application is considered "unofficial."

An "official" transcript is a document that has been prepared, authenticated, and sealed by the Registrar at your college or university. To be considered official, a transcript must be mailed, unopened, to our office or sent to us electronically directly from the institution.

Curriculum Vitae

Your one- to two-page curriculum vitae should accurately reflect your completed educational background and your professional experiences to date.

Recommendations

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

If you are 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.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Writing Responses

You will be asked to include the following with your application:

  • A reflective autobiography (typically around 1,000 words)
  • A personal statement explaining why you want to pursue your graduate studies in Child Development and why do you want to do so at Sarah Lawrence College? (approximately 250 words)
  • A copy of an undergraduate academic paper approximately five to ten pages in length, preferably graded, or a sample of professional writing

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: ets.org/toefl.

For students who have limited access to taking the TOEFL, Sarah Lawrence College will accept the IETLS as an equivalent examination.

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.

Please note: All 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.

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 Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.