M.S., Child, Youth & Family Studies: Specialization in Youth Development
The program is one of the few youth development graduate programs that exist, and the only one to be offered 100% online that is part of an alliance of public universities with the Great Plains IDEA program.
The program utilizes a strengths-based curriculum that helps support youth to make them socially, emotionally and cognitively competent adults. Professionals who understand the strengths-based approach are in demand especially since an estimated 17,000 organizations currently serve more than 30 million young people.
Master’s degree or graduate certificate?
Professionals with a master’s degree can demand a higher wage than those holding a graduate certificate.
The graduate certificate can be used for continuing education credits, to advance your career or to supplement a master’s degree in another field.
The master’s degree and certificate prepare you to:
Develop policies with a positive effect
Apply basic research and evaluation skills
Understand normative pathways to development
Work with agencies, boards, families, and other professionals
Gain the necessary skills for budgeting, grant writing, and fund-raising
Examine the impact of local, state, federal, and global policies on youth
Identify how youth and family cultural issues affect positive youth outcomes
Apply the primary concepts of youth development
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been continuously accredited since 1913.
International Student Requirements:
Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80
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