Help Children and Families in Times of Stress with a Child Life Degree

Child life specialists are allied health care professionals who support children and their families facing challenging experiences, particularly traumatic medical situations. Azusa Pacific University’s master’s in child life program prepares men and women for this special role, utilizing advanced academic preparation and hands-on experiences within a framework of Christian compassion.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible scheduling, with start times in spring and fall
  • Advanced Standing option for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as individuals who have successfully completed the 600 required internship hours.
  • Housed in the Department of Psychology, which emphasizes research and therapeutic skills
  • Can be completed in only 18 months, saving you time and money
  • Welcoming environment grounded in a Christian worldview

Child Life and Counseling Psychology Programs: What’s the Difference?

In addition to the M.S. in Child Life, APU offers an M.S. in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents. Learn more about the difference between these two programs to see which one is right for you.

Learn more about the program format and our faculty.

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.