Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 36 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus

The Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership, Policy & Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being at Boston University prepares professionals focused on early childhood to understand the systems that impact young children (birth to 8 years) and families and to work across disciplines to advance systems-level change. Offered through BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, this early childhood graduate program provides a strong foundation in addressing systemic inequality through research and policy.

Our research-focused program builds students’ abilities to craft policy and lead efforts to champion causes vital to childhood well-being. Our flexible curriculum will enable you to take classes in a range of disciplines, including education, human development, applied psychology, and social science research.

Hear from Our Faculty

Students in the master’s in Leadership, Policy & Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being learn to address the challenges that limit children’s and families’ ability to thrive. You’ll learn from professionals in medicine, business, humanities, public health, social work, public policy/advocacy, human services, and education.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Leadership, Policy & Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being master’s program utilize their newfound knowledge and skills in early childhood policy, leadership, or research in a variety of professions.

  • Policy maker
  • Advocate
  • Researcher

More Information about the MA in Leadership, Policy & Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being

Field-Based Experiences

Customize your field-based experience in settings that match your professional goals, which could even include your current workplace. Faculty advisors will serve as mentors throughout your placement.

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about our master’s degree in Leadership, Policy & Advocacy for Early Childhood Well-Being. Learn more about application deadlines, requirements, and more.

Financing Your Education

There are many flexible options for financing your Boston University education. Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about financial assistance, including scholarships and fellowships.

Background Checks
Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program.