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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

I am having trouble applying thru Cal State Apply, who should I contact?

If you are having trouble applying to our Graduate Programs, please contact:

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete the Cal State Apply Application as well as the CFD's Program Application.

What G.P.A. is required for admittance into the program?

A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission to our Master of Science Degree in Child Development and our Master of Science Degree with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health (LPCC); however, in reviewing applicants, we consider multiple indicators of preparedness for graduate studies, including: the personal statement, letters of recommendation, student leadership experience, professional work experience, and GRE scores.

What G.R.E. score is needed to enter the program?

SDSU and the CFD department do not mandate a minimum GRE score. GRE scores are considered in relation to other indicators in our review of program applicants. The GRE is only required for students applying to the CFD master’s program and LPCC, not the EC-TEaMH Graduate Certificate Program. 

Do my references need to be professors or can they be professional references?

Both professional and academic letters of recommendation are accepted. A combination of both is preferred for a strong application. Electronic letters should be submitted directly by the recommenders with the Program application. The application will email your identified recommenders directly. 

Can the statement of purpose on the departmental application be similar to the statement on the Cal State Apply Application?

Yes, we expect the personal statement (or statement of purpose) you submit with your Cal State Apply application to mirror the statement you submit to the department. Both applications have a 500 word limit for personal statements.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition and expenses is approximately $4,000 per semester. The most updated information on expenses can be found on the SDSU Tuition and Fees page:

When is the Intent to Enroll due for the Graduate Programs?

The Intent to Enroll fee for the Summer 2018 MS LPCC program is Monday, April 16, 2018. The Intent to Enroll fee for the Fall 2018 EC-TEaMH program and the MS in Child Development program is Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Please click here to find out additional information on the Intent to Enroll and why it is so important.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The EC-TEaMH Graduate Certificate Program is a one-year (two semester program). The master’s program in Child Development can be completed in as little as two years, depending on the time it takes to complete one’s thesis or project. The EC-TEaMH program may count as the first year of the CFD master’s program, if students apply and are accepted. The master's program in Child Development with the Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health (LPCC) is a 60-unit program, and can be completed in two years.

Can I apply for Spring admission?

Our department only accepts graduate program applications for Fall admission.

Please visit the SDSU Graduate Division’s website for additional information about graduate admission: