Combined B.S. in Family and Human Services/M.S. in Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration

Students in the Department of Family Studies Introduction to Child Life Track may, in their junior year, apply for admission to the B.S. to M.S. Program. This program allows students to complete combined undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years. Students accepted into the program begin graduate course work during their senior year. Nine units taken at the 500/600 level after completion of the junior year will be double-counted toward the B.S. and M.S. A bachelor's degree will be awarded to the B.S. to M.S. program students after all degree requirements for the bachelor's are met. Students who do not complete the bachelor's portion of the track or who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA may not proceed to the M.S. level unless deficiencies are resolved. Students must earn a "B" or better in the double-counted courses.

This program is open only to undergraduates pursuing the Introduction to Child Life Track in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • Completion of or current enrollment in 60 units (may include transfer units)
  • Declaration of a Family and Human Services Major in the Introduction to Child Life Track
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of B or better:
    BIOL with lab
    Total Units15
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.00 by the end of the spring term preceding screening for admission

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following documents in one packet postmarked by January 15:

  • Admission application provided by the department
  • Admission essay following the guidelines provided by the department
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work or paid work experience in a child life department under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Additional hours are highly desirable.
  • Official transcripts that include course work taken through the spring term preceding application to the program
  • During the second term of the senior year, student must also complete a graduate application with the University Admissions Office to be officially admitted to the graduate program.


Screening will occur immediately after January 15 for applicants who have complete files.

The department’s admissions committee will evaluate all completed applications based upon GPA, essay and volunteer work. The top candidates from this pool of applicants will be selected for admission.

Degree Requirements

Please see the B.S. requirements listed under the Major in Family and Human Services. 9 units (FMST 540FMST 601, FMST 615) taken at the 500/600 level after completion of the junior year will be double counted toward fulfilling the 120 units required for the B.S. and the 40 units required for the M.S.

Please see the M.S. requirements in the Graduate Catalog.