The Human Development and Family Science Youth Development M.S. option requires 36 credits and is offered fully online. Graduate Certificates (13 credits) are available in Youth Development and in Youth Program Management and Evaluation.
Youth development is an emerging professional field with a focus on promoting the positive development of youth.
A master's degree in youth development prepares students for careers in organizations such as 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, non-profits, faith-based groups, community recreation, juvenile justice facilities, middle and high school programs, extension services, and military youth programs.
In addition to the Graduate School’s required application requirements, submit the statement of purpose indicating reasons for pursuing graduate study, specifying your special interests within your chosen discipline and including your background preparation in that area. Mention any relevant skills or experience you have acquired. In addition, be sure to address the following, in 500 words or less:
- How your interest in this field developed.
- Why you chose our program at NDSU.
- The experiences you have had (e.g. informal, academic, employment, volunteer) that you see as related to this graduate program or your professional goals.
- What your professional goals are and how this graduate program will help you accomplish those goals.
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