Childhood Studies involves the cross-disciplinary study of children and childhood within historical, multicultural, national, and global contexts. Students in the doctor of philosophy in childhood studies degree program undertake a program of interdisciplinary study to acquire the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological knowledge that is at the heart of childhood studies. The coursework serves as the foundation for a series of investigations culminating in the dissertation through which students explore key problems and issues in the field as they develop their expertise as scholars. The program prepares its graduates to conduct research with and about children, formulate social policy on behalf of children and their families, and work effectively with diverse populations of children. Graduates of the program pursue a variety of career paths including: tenure-track academic professors, secondary education teachers and administrators, consultancy and positions in non-governmental organizations concerned with children’s rights and welfare.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary education, including completion of an undergraduate degree (and graduate, if applicable) with a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Three letters of reference
  • A statement of personal, professional, and academic goals
  • GRE scores

Application Deadline: January 10th

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Degree Requirements

60 total credits

  • Proseminar sequence (6 credits)
  • Research methodology courses (9 credits)
  • Theories of childhood studies (3 credits)
  • Coursework in childhood studies (27 credits)
  • Dissertation credits (15 credits minimum)


The Department of Childhood Studies and Rutgers University–Camden offer competitive assistantships (up to 5 years) for incoming, full-time Ph.D. students. Additionally, ongoing research and travel support is made possible by the following generous donors: The David K. Sengstack Endowed Graduate Fellowship and the Marsh-Gillette Endowed Fund.