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3,466 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A master's degree in child development is offered at 233 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 33% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.6% of child development graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Child development Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,466 students earned their master's degree in child development. This earns it the #12 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in child development at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,806
Associate’s Degree 7,234
Basic Certificate 5,329
Master’s Degree 3,466
Undergraduate Certificate 1,990
Graduate Certificate 215
Doctor’s Degree 16

Earnings of Child development Majors With Master’s Degrees

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for child development majors with their master's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for child development majors who have their master's degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in child development. About 96.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 116
Women 3,350
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Child development

The racial-ethnic distribution of child development master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 118
Black or African American 554
Hispanic or Latino 400
White 1,988
International Students 90
Other Races/Ethnicities 316
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Child development Master's Degree Students

There are 233 colleges that offer a master’s degree in child development. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
508 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 508 people received their master's degree in child development from Grand Canyon University. About 99% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
282 Yearly Graduations
99% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Roughly 48,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 282 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Walden University. Of these students, 99% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Piedmont College

Demorest, Georgia
153 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Piedmont College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,492 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,134 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Piedmont College. About 93% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

American College of Education

Indianapolis, Indiana
120 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is American College of Education. Roughly 6,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,755 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,894 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 120 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at American College of Education. About 96% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
87 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Capella University. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Capella University. About 95% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, New York
86 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Mercy College. Roughly 10,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,934 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,146 per year.

The child development program at Mercy College awarded 86 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 98% were women.

#7

Hunter College

New York, New York
80 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Hunter College. Roughly 23,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 people received their master's degree in child development from Hunter. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#8

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia
77 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valdosta State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Roughly 11,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,572 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at VSU. About 97% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
72 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Georgia. Each year, around 38,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 72 people received their master's degree in child development from UGA. Of these students, 93% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

American International College

Springfield, Massachusetts
65 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American International College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,579 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 65 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at AIC. About 100% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, New York
65 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Brooklyn College. Roughly 17,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The child development program at Brooklyn College awarded 65 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 95% were women and 54% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Queens College

Queens, New York
49 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Queens College. Each year, around 19,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 people received their master's degree in child development from QC. About 98% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
49 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of West Alabama is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,678 per year.

The child development program at University of West Alabama awarded 49 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
43 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,980 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Liberty University. About 100% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Towson University

Towson, Maryland
40 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Towson University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Each year, around 22,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,962 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,902 per year.

The child development program at Towson University awarded 40 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 98% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Lehman College

Bronx, New York
38 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lehman College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 15,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Lehman. About 84% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
37 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Lesley University. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,540 per year.

The child development program at Lesley University awarded 37 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 95% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
36 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The child development program at Boston University awarded 36 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#19

Pacific Oaks College

Pasadena, California
35 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pacific Oaks College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,689 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,847 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Pacific Oaks College. About 94% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
33 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

The child development program at DePaul University awarded 33 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 97% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to child development that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Elementary Education 7,385
Secondary Education 4,951
Teacher Education 4,156
Teacher Development & Methodology 3,761
Adult & Continuing Education 864

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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