Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Child Development Studies Bachelor's Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

The child development bachelor’s program at the University of Mary provides a degree path for students interested in a variety of personal and professional options with the focus of impacting the lives of young children. The degree is organized around a core set of early childhood and development courses, and then allows a student to work closely with advisors to create an interdisciplinary course of study suitable for their personal and professional goals.

The child development studies program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Child Development Studies Degree Program Highlights

As you pursue your bachelor’s degree in child development studies at the University of Mary, you will have many unique learning experiences prior to graduation:

  • Gaining skills for both professional and personal growth in a curriculum firmly grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.
  • Graduates will have the ability to think critically about and clearly communicate the value of and critical components of child development and child development studies. 
  • Graduates will have knowledge and skill to collaborate with a variety of different agencies to support the development of the child.  
  • Graduates will be able to actively seek out positions of leadership in their desired personal or professional networks.
  • Graduates will show a commitment to ethical and social responsibilities.
  • Graduates will be lifelong learners with the ability to enroll in graduate programs to enhance their personal and professional goals.


The Child Development Studies degree is built on the values of respect for persons and service by offering a program that allows students to be prepared for a variety of opportunities to impact the lives of young children and their families.  Students coming to the University of Mary seek to obtain a deeper, more meaningful connection to those they will serve. When serving young children, whether in a professional capacity, the community, or their own family nucleus, a person must practice respect for persons, empathy, and responsiveness.  Developing essential understandings in human/child development and early learning is important to several fields of study and pairs well with current majors and minors in Liberal Arts, Business, Behavioral Sciences, and Health related fields.

Students pursuing the child development studies degree are encouraged to work with their advisor to create a course of study aligned with their professional goals. Potential career paths include early care and education, human support services, occupational therapy, child life specialist, and more.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in child development studies, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: