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Child and Family Studies Graduate Admission Requirements

Child and Family Studies Graduate Program Admission Requirements

  •  An overall GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for all hours earned past the first 60-semester or 90-quarter hours of the baccalaureate degree.


  • A 2-3 page letter of professional intent describing professional interests and career goals.  It should adhere to the following guidelines: The letter of professional intent should be a measure of an applicant’s writing style and writing ability. It should be 2-3 pages in length and is expected to be well organized, free of typing and grammatical errors, and clearly written. It should have an introduction, clearly stated purpose, and contents that demonstrate the best impression of the applicant’s writing.


  •  The letter of professional intent should articulate and demonstrate your specific qualifications for the program of study. We are interested in an applicant's reasoning for their intended course of study. Therefore, each of the following points must be addressed.
    • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
    • What are your career goals once you complete the program?
    • Describe an impactful situation or experience you have had working with children, youth, and/or families.
    • Describe the most important characteristics and qualities needed by professionals in working with children, youth, and/or families and where you stand relative to developing them.


  • The letter of professional intent should be emailed to graduate.school@wku.edu to be included with the graduate application. 


  • Three letters of reference from previous instructors, colleagues, or supervisors indicating the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate classes.

Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program

Department of Applied Human Sciences, Academic Complex 302 , phone 270-745-4352


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 Last Modified 2/15/19