How to Apply

Application Period - Coming Soon

Step 1: Apply online to the Graduate School at Stanislaus State
  • 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

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

Step 2: Take the GRE Writing Test or Alternative Writing Assessment

Option 1: GRE Writing
  • Submit GRE Writing scores of 3.5 or higher to the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology and Child Development

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 3: Complete the Child Development Program Application

Priority Application Review Dates:

  • Fill out the Contact Information form
  • Upload your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Upload your Academic Preparation
  • Upload your Unofficial Transcript(s) from all institutions
    This does not replace official transcripts that are required for the university application.
  • Upload your Statement of Professional Philosophy
    Please read the instructions carefully before uploading your Statement of Professional Philosophy.
  • Writing Assessment
    • OPTION 1 - GRE Writing Score

      • Upload a Screenshot of the ETS webpage that shows your passing writing score of 3.5 or higher.

      • Upload any Additional professional writing samples (optional).

    • OPTION 2 - Writing Samples

      • Two professional Writing Samples of your own authorship. The samples should show your ability to use professional sources and to write for a professional audience; they should be well written and documented in either APA or MLA writing style. Samples might include essays, position papers, research papers or proposals; grant proposals, newsletters, and magazines, training manuals, handbooks.

  • Upload your General Mandated Reporter training certificate at
  • Upload your Statement of Professional Conduct
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. Provide the names and contact information of your recommenders. Complete the first page of each of the reference forms and send them to the 3 recommenders to complete. Have the recommender email the completed form to by the review date.

Step 4: Submit to Financial Aid Office optional 

  • Complete FAFSA - Institution Code: 001157