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Master’s Degrees in Child Development & Psychology

1,058 Yearly Graduations
$46,750 Median Salary
$59,792 Median Debt
There are 110 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in child development. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 30% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 15.8% of child development graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Child Development Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,058 earned their master's degree in child development. This earns it the #113 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 11,247
Master’s Degree 1,058
Doctor’s Degree 636
Graduate Certificate 146
Associate’s Degree 44
Undergraduate Certificate 10
Basic Certificate 9

Earnings of Child Development Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in child development is $46,750. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $42,250 and the high is $55,625.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in child development is $59,792. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $72,559 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $46,697.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $696.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in child development. About 76.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 245
Women 813
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 62
Black or African American 115
Hispanic or Latino 101
White 513
International Students 167
Other Races/Ethnicities 100
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Child Development Master's Degree Students

There are 110 colleges that offer a master’s degree in child development. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
113 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for child development students seekinga master's degree is Capella University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. 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, 113 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Capella University. Of these students, 90% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

85 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Teachers College at Columbia University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Roughly 4,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 people received their master's degree in child development from Teachers College. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
48 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Walden University. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The child development program at Walden University awarded 48 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
48 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 13,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 48 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Yale. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#5

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
41 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 48,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 people received their master's degree in child development from U-M. About 78% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

37 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

The child development program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 37 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
29 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their master's degree in child development from UPenn. Of these students, 93% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

25 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at UT Dallas. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

25 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Ohio State. About 68% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
21 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Connecticut is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Roughly 27,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,798 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,300 per year.

The child development program at University of Connecticut awarded 21 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 38% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Alliant International University

San Diego, California
21 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Alliant International University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Each year, around 3,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,347 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,255 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Alliant. About 67% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Duquesne University. Roughly 9,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,992 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Duquesne. About 85% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

New York University

New York, New York
20 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York University. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The child development program at New York University awarded 20 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
18 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brandeis University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Each year, around 5,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,340 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,940 per year.

The child development program at Brandeis University awarded 18 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 83% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ball State University. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,358 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,850 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Ball State. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#16

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for child development majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas State University. Each year, around 38,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,052 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,751 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their master's degree in child development from Texas State. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#16

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey
16 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Princeton University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Each year, around 8,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,870 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their master's degree in child development from Princeton. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#18

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
15 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington University in St Louis comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,250 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,250 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their master's degree in child development from WUSTL. Of these students, 60% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
14 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kansas State University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in child development. Roughly 21,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,735 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,212 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their master's degree in child development from K -State. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#19

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
14 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cornell University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in child development. Roughly 24,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 master's degrees were handed out to child development majors at Cornell. Of these students, 64% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 20,384
General Psychology 6,210
Other Psychology 1,930

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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