Infant Mental Health Application Information

Application Deadlines

Our priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15 for fall admission. Completed applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as space allows.

Additional details about the admission and application process can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

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Pre-Requisite Academic Requirements

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*
  • Infancy*

*With faculty permission, these two courses may be taken while enrolled in the IMH MA program.

Required Materials

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

  • Graduate application with $50 application fee.

  • Statement of PurposeSee further details below.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. See further details below.

  • Three letters of recommendation.  See further details below.

  • Interviews. See further details below.

  • English proficiency requirement. (for non-native English speakers) See further details below.

  • Additional requirements for international students. See further details below.

Statement of Purpose

Please follow the following guidelines for your statement of purpose. The statement should be between 500-750 words:

  1. Describe how your past education and experiences are relevant to your candidacy for this program.
  2. Explain your current reasons for applying now to this particular program in the School of Education at Mills College.
  3. Share your professional aspirations, indicating how this program will prepare you for the future.


Transcripts with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree must be submitted as part of the application review process. One (1) official transcript from a students’ bachelor’s degree receiving institution is required, and official OR unofficial transcripts for all credited course work toward receipt of bachelor's degree, including courses taken at community college, must be submitted. Students should also submit transcripts from any relevant graduate level work they have completed.

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.

Hard-copy transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613

Digital transcripts can be sent through a verified service to

Letters of Recommendation

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


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.

English Proficiency Requirement

All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the English Language School (ELS) Certificate.

The Infant Mental Health graduate program requires a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 for the internet-based TOEFL, IELTS overall band-score of 6.5 or higher, a 60% on the DET, or the ELS Level 112 Certificate.

More information about these exams is available online at,, and

Additional Requirements for International Students

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.

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

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Last Updated: 4/11/17