International MA Program in Child Development for Developing Countries,

Training a cadre of child development professionals and policy leaders in the developing world is of the utmost urgency, as there is a pressing need to improve the lives of children around the world. In response to this need, the University of Haifa has launched The International MA Program in Child Development for Developing Countries, designed to increase the professional knowledge of childcare professionals who work with children.


We are pleased to inform you that the program opened in October 2014 with its first cohort of 17 highly-qualified students.  That year’s class included students from Chile, Ghana, Nepal, Ethiopia, Cameroon, China, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, and South Africa. All of them graduated successfully in the summer of 2015, got their MA degrees, and returned to their home countries in order to continue their work in fostering the wellbeing of children.


This year's class includes 16 students from Ghana, Cameroon, China, Georgia, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. 


In order to create diversity in the body of students, we also accept students from developed countries who are interested in specializing in child development in developing countries (each class, last year and currently, includes 8 students from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and Israel). 


This academic initiative brings talented students from diverse backgrounds – pediatrics, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, education, anthropology, sociology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, law, social work and social welfare, speech pathology and therapy – to make a substantial impact in their home countries in fields of education, welfare and healthcare.


We open now registration for the third cohort who will begin the course of studies this coming October 2016. 


The program is taught in English and collaborates with MASHAV – Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.     


Full scholarships are available for students from developing countries.


Enclosed please find a related document with detailed information about the program. 


Those candidates applying with a request to obtain a full scholarship for developing countries must submit their application no later thanMarch 31st. 2016. Other candidates should submit the application byMay 30th. 2016


For more information, prospective candidates may visit our website at: or send email to our admission coordinators:


Ms. Shirly Yerachmiel

Ms. Ella Levert-Levitt