How to Apply

Application Period - Begins April 2023


Priority Application Deadline: September 1, 2023. Based on space availability, the application period may be extended

Step 1. Attend an Information Session

Step 2. Complete a CSU Application (add link) for Spring 2024, Master of Arts in Child Development, Stanislaus Extension.

  • Contact all Universities and Colleges you have attended and request the schools send Official Transcripts to the Graduate School at Stanislaus State. (You can email your Official Transcripts to
  • To complete the CSU Application, you will be asked to include a resume, documentation of coursework including transcripts, Statement of Professional Philosophy (add link with instructions), three letters of recommendation etc.

Step 3. Take the GRE Writing Test or Alternative Writing Assessment 

Option 1: GRE Writing Test

Submit a GRE Writing score of 3.5 or higher.  For information about the GRE,

 Option 2:  Alternative Writing Assessment​

  • Statement of Professional Philosophy
  • Two alternative writing samples

Candidates choosing the alternative assessment will submit two additional professional writing samples (minimum of 500 words each) of independent authorship to be evaluated for admission using the program’s writing rubric. The samples may be on any topic and should show the candidate’s ability to use professional sources and to write for a professional audience; they should be well written and documented with either APA, MLA, or other professional writing styles. 

Step 4: Submit  FAFSA (Institution Code: 001157) to Financial Aid Office (Optional)