Infant Mental Health Requirements & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Our priority application deadline for all programs for fall 2015 is December 15, 2014. Applicants who have submitted all required materials by this deadline will be notified by the end of March. Completed applications received after December 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as space allows.

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Required Materials

Admission to the Infant Mental Health Program requires a bachelor's degree, preferably in psychology, and the following prerequisite courses: Fundamentals of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychopathology, Analytical Methods/Statistics, Research Methods, Attachment and Loss*, and Infancy*. 
*With faculty permission, these two courses may be taken while enrolled in the IMH MA program.

All applicants to the Infant Mental Health Program at Mills College are required to submit the following:

Graduate Application for Admission: Applications can be completed online or hard-copy. Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including:

Statement of Purpose Essay. Please follow the statement of purpose guidelines provided on the supplemental application.

Supplemental Application: Infant mental health students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission which details additional program-specific admission requirements, including a current resume.

Application Fee of $50: Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. The application fee is also payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US bank. Cash is accepted if paid in person to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Official Transcript: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission. If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress. Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Recommendation forms can be sent as part of the online application or sent directly by the recommender to the Office of graduate Admission via postal mail or email.
Note: Current Mills College students and alumnae are only required to submit one letter of recommendation.

Interviews: The faculty co-directors of the program interview all applicants, either in person or by phone. Applicants will be contacted by the program to arrange an interview time once all application materials have been received.

Proof of English Language Proficiency: A TOEFL or IELTS is required for all non-native speakers of English, unless you hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university of college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. The minimum TOEFL score on the iBT is 80, and the minimum IELTS band score is 6.0.

Certification of Finances and Bank Statement: Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.

All application materials should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613
Via email:

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or

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