At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

1.5 years

Cost per unit


Base cost



WSCUC (formerly WASC)

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Helping Children and Families in Times of Stress

Child life specialists are allied health care professionals who support children and their families facing challenging experiences, particularly traumatic medical situations. Azusa Pacific University’s master’s in child life program—slated to begin in fall 2017—prepares men and women for this special role, utilizing advanced academic preparation and hands-on experiences within a framework of Christian compassion. The need for child health care professionals is increasing, and as of 2022, everyone seeking credentialing as a child life specialist will be required to have a master’s degree with an emphasis in child life.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible scheduling, with start times in spring, summer, and fall
  • Housed in the Department of Psychology, which emphasizes research and therapeutic skills
  • Can be completed in only 18 months, saving you time and money
  • Welcoming environment grounded in a Christian worldview

Learn more about the program format and our faculty.

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.