University of Nebraska - Lincoln

College of Education and Human Sciences

Youth Development, M.S.



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S., Child, Youth & Family Studies: Specialization in Youth Development

Format: Online

Program Description:

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

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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