Master of Science in Child Life Studies
Missouri State University

Program Details

Help children and their families deal with issues surrounding illness, grief, and hospitalization with a master’s degree in Child Life Studies from Missouri State. Graduates are eligible to become a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Two tracks are available to students. Those new to the field can complete the standard track to get started in the healthcare field. Students already practicing as a Certified Child Life Specialist or who have a degree related to child life studies can apply for the advanced track option. With both tracks, students complete a research practicum or in-person internship and take classes online.

Career opportunities available to graduates include:

  • Hospital child life specialist
  • Medical camp worker
  • Grief center child life specialist

Learning Pace


% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Missouri State University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.75 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s)