MA in Human Development and Family Science with Emphasis in Youth Development

This online-only Master of Arts degree in Youth Development prepares graduates to focus on developing the strengths of youth in an estimated 17,000 organizations (e.g., 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts) nation wide.

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Degree Requirements

The 36 credit master's degree program (MA) consists of 9 required core courses (27 credits), 6-9 credits of electives, and a research project capstone totaling 3 credits. 

H_D_FS 7231Foundations of Youth Development3
H_D_FS 8234Adolescents and their Families3
H_D_FS 8240Youth Development3
H_D_FS 8235Administration and Program Management3
H_D_FS 8236Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development3
H_D_FS 8238Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation3
H_D_FS 8232Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research3
H_D_FS 7210Youth-Adult Relationships3
H_D_FS 8239Positive Youth Development in Community Settings3
Independent Effort
H_D_FS 8090Research in Human Development and Family Science3
Suggested Electives*:
H_D_FS 8237Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth3
H_D_FS 8972Internship in Human Development and Family Science1-99
H_D_FS 7001Topics in Human Development and Family Science (Youth Mental Health)3
H_D_FS 8087Seminar in Human Development and Family Science (Adolescent Health and Sexuality)3

Or Any Advisor-Approved Course 

NOTE: Up to 6 credits can be transferred from other graduate programs if the courses are deemed relevant by your advisor.


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