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Application Requirements

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With your Erikson Institute experience, you’ll be better prepared to support children and families in reaching their fullest potential. Join us in our mission and take the first step today.

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Intellectual Curiosity

Erikson Institute promotes collaborative and creative thinking to help create lasting change that empowers professionals and positively impacts children.

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Commitment to Children and Families

Our students are motivated to serve the children and families in their communities so they can achieve optimal educational, social, emotional, and physical well-being.

Apply on a Rolling Basis or Before a Priority Application Deadline

We accept applications on a rolling basis. This means we accept applications throughout the year for all academic terms and programs, and applications are evaluated as they are completed. In some instances a degree program may have a specific deadline not tied to an intended term start date.

Want to earn primary consideration for scholarship awards? Apply before our Priority Submission Dates.

Priority Rolling Application Deadlines:

  • Spring and Summer Terms: November 15
  • Fall Term: March 15

Degree Specific Application Deadlines:

  • PhD: February 1
  • Master of Science in Child Development, Child Life: January 15

Master’s Degree, Licensure and Graduate Certificate Programs Requirements

Ready to start your application? Make sure you have digital copies of these items available to upload into the online application — it will save you a lot of time.

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Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale

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Resume

Include the latest copy of your resume with your application, highlighting your most relevant experiences.

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Essays

Master’s Degree applications require two essays, while our Certificate Programs only require one.

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Letters of Recommendation

Two professional/academic letters of recommendation for Master’s Degrees; One professional/academic letter of recommendation for Certificate Programs

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Transcripts

Copy of official or unofficial transcripts of all previous college and university work where you’ve completed 30 credits or more of course work. (Note: Official transcripts will be required once you accept the offer of admission to Erikson.)

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TOEFL

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if applicable

Doctoral Program Requirements

Ready to start your application? Here’s a list of the items you’ll need to submit your online application.

PhD program applicants must also submit application materials to Loyola University — Chicago as part of our consortium relationship.

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Master’s Degree

A master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a field related to child development (e.g., education, sociology, psychology, social work) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale

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Resume

Include the latest copy of your resume with your application, highlighting your most relevant experiences.

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Letters of Recommendation

For our Doctoral Programs, we require three letters of recommendation from a professional or academic individual.

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Writing Sample

Please include at least one of your latest research papers or a sample of your academic writing for review.

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Transcripts

Copy of official or unofficial transcripts of all previous college and university work where you’ve completed 30 credits or more of course work. (Note: Official transcripts will be required once you accept the offer of admission to Erikson.)

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TOEFL

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if applicable

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Loyola Application

Applicants to the PhD program must also submit application materials to Loyola University Chicago. Visit Loyola’s graduate school enrollment page for details.

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As a premier graduate school for early childhood development, Erikson participates in several federal and state financial aid programs and awards over $2.5 million in scholarships each year.

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