Master of Science

Advance Your Education with a Master of Science Degree from BU Wheelock

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If you’re a professional in a pediatric healthcare child life program and want to advance in your career, consider the master of science in Child Life & Family-Centered Care at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. For the past 50 years, we’ve trained child life professionals provide culturally sensitive care to children, youth, and families—and support their psychosocial needs in healthcare settings.

What is a Master of Science Degree?

Master of science degrees provide students with the technical knowledge they need to succeed in their careers. Students will be able to fine-tune the knowledge they’ve acquired in their undergraduate education to become specialists with a deeper understanding of their field. 

In the Child Life & Family-Centered Care master’s program at BU Wheelock, students focus on the psychosocial needs of children and families in healthcare settings, as well as the implementation, documentation, and assessment of developmentally appropriate child life interventions. To provide students with hands-on experience before they graduate, the program also includes an internship under the supervision of a child life specialist and program faculty.

Why Earn Your Master of Science Degree at BU Wheelock?

This program is endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

BU Wheelock’s Child Life & Family-Centered Care was the first academic child life program in the United States. For 50 years, we have trained our students to respond empathically to the needs of children in healthcare settings. We’re proud to say that we were also the first program to be endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals. When you get a degree in Child Life & Family-Centered Care from BU Wheelock, you can be assured that you are getting the gold standard in the field.

Our alumni have gone on to shape the future of this growing and important profession—and we hope you’ll join us to continue in that path.

What Can You Do with a Master of Science Degree?

In our MS in Child Life & Family-Centered Care program, you’ll get the training you need for entry-level positions as child life specialists, as well as preparation to sit for the Association of Child Life Professionals certification test. Once you’ve graduated from the program, you can expect to find career opportunities across the United States and internationally.

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MS in Child Life & Family-Centered Care

Deepen Your Knowledge with an MS Degree from Boston University

Boston University has a reputation for high-quality teaching and research, and our Child Life & Family-Centered Care MS is no exception. As you study with our faculty, you’ll learn more about how you can support children, youth, and their families as they interact with the healthcare system.

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