MA Program in Child Development

University of Haifa, International School

Program Description

MA Program in Child Development

University of Haifa, International School

MA Program in Child Development

The International MA Program in Child Development at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Social Sciences and the Center for the Study of Child Development seeks to increase the quality, quantity and professional knowledge and training of child care professionals who treat children who are growing up in destructive environments.

Thanks to the expertise, experience and interest in child development accumulated at the center, the developmental program is uniquely positioned to help bridge the science-practice gap at the international level and make an impact on the lives of children at risk in developing countries.

Taught in English over three semesters from October to September, the program is designed to prepare the next generation of international experts who will focus on pressing questions regarding the nature of child development and how it applies to the lives of children and their families in developing countries. This unique program equips professionals with the knowledge and the skills that are required to affect and influence the well-being of children and their families.

Students from developing countries will be provided scholarships to cover tuition and living expenses.

The Academic Program

The MA program in Child Development seeks to provide the scientific and professional skills to transform knowledge from basic human development research to various applied topics such as child care, nutrition, infant and young child morbidity and mortality, academic motivation in schools, orphanages and children raised in institutions, foster care, adoption, political violence and child soldiers, and effective parenting. The program also trains professionals to lead programs designed to enhance the well-being of children and their families in developing countries, with a focus on prevention and intervention. The progam also serves as catalysts for improving the status of child development programs in developing countries in order to raise awareness and encourage new generations of child development experts.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent, in relevant disciplines related to public services for children: social work, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, physical therapy, nursing, early childhood education, psychology or law. Candidates must have at least three years of experience working with children and families.

Candidates who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission.

For detailed information about all admission requirements including prerequisites, please contact the Admissions Office at

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 9, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
1 year
Full time
8,900 USD
Start date Oct. 2016
Israel Haifa
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Duration 1 year
Price 8,900 USD