Dual Degree - MJ in Children's Law and Policy and MS in Child Development

The Dual Degree program admissions are being paused for this year. We are not accepting applications for the Fall 2022 deadline, but may resume for Fall 2023. Please connect with us next fall if you are interested in applying.


Develop the leadership skills needed to advocate for children and families, and learn how to identify and address inequality in law and policy.

The first of its kind in the nation, this program is offered in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Civitas ChildLaw Center. Graduates of this program earn an MS in Child Development from Erikson and an MJ in Children’s Law and Policy from Loyola University of Chicago.

To learn more about what Loyola University Chicago requires for admission to its MJ in Children’s Law and Policy program, please visit them here. Or contact Catherine Birmingham at [email protected].

Erikson offers several scholarships opportunities to admitted students. To learn more about scholarship eligibility and how the scholarship may be applied throughout the program, simply apply for admission to the program and complete your FAFSA.

This dual degree prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-5, through the Entitled Route. To earn the credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways application and provide documentation of your academic and professional experiences. Requirements, timing and related costs may vary.