Youth Development (Graduate)

The collaborative, multi-institutional master's degree program in Youth Development, the graduate certificate program in Youth Development Administration, and the graduate certificate program in Youth Development Professional draw on the expertise of graduate faculty and graduate courses from five land-grant universities—Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, North Dakota State University, and the University of Nebraska. Faculty at these institutions share knowledge and expertise in youth development, delivering most instruction over the Internet. All institutions are members of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance and have a history of success in distance education.

Master's Degree Program Requirements

The graduate program consists of 36 credit hours, including 10 required courses equaling 28 credit hours and 8 elective hours. The courses are offered on a rotating basis, with all courses offered at least once every other year (i.e., fall, spring, and summer).

The eight elective hours will consist of a practicum (1-3 credits), independent study (1-3 credits), or coursework. Practicum and independent study project hours will be coordinated with the major professor.

Core courses offered within the program include nine courses (3 credit hours each) and a professional development seminar (1 credit hour):

  • Foundations of Youth Development (professional development seminar)
  • Community Youth Development
  • Adolescents and Their Families
  • Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation
  • Topics in Contemporary Youth Issues
  • Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research
  • Youth Policy
  • Administration and Program Management
  • Youth in Cultural Contexts
  • Youth Development

See Course Schedule and Descriptions.

Certificate Program Requirements

The Certificate program offered through Kansas State University is a graduate certificate program; students must apply for Graduate School admission. Each certificate requires twelve credit hours plus a one hour fundamentals course. The fundamentals course must be taken only once.

Youth Development Professional (13 credits)

Foundation Seminar (1 cr)

Plus 4 of the following courses (12 cr):

  • Youth Development (3 cr)
  • Community Youth Development (3 cr)
  • Adolescents and Their Families (3 cr)
  • Youth Policy (3 cr)
  • Youth in Cultural Contexts (3 cr)
  • Topics in Contemporary Youth Issues (3 cr)

Youth Development Administration (13 credits)

Foundations of Youth Development (1 cr)

4 of the following five (12 credits):

  • Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3 cr)
  • Program Administration (3 cr)
  • Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research (3 cr)
  • Youth Policy (3 cr)
  • Topics in Contemporary Youth Issues (3 cr)

Application Requirements & Process

Students are encouraged to seek admission for the fall semester.

KSU Admission Instructions

To check on the status of an application, please contact .

You select which participating institution you wish to be your degree-conferring institution. This institution will award your degree upon successful completion of the program of study. Each course has a maximum enrollment; and those who have been admitted to a degree program at one of the participating universities will be given preference for space in the class. Contact persons can provide specifics about admission and placement on wait-lists.

Graduate Record Examination

Kansas State University does not require the GRE for admission into the master's in Youth Development program.

Financial Aid

To qualify for financial aid, graduate students must be enrolled in 5 semester hours in the fall and spring semesters (half-time), and 3 hours in the summer. FAFSA forms must be filled out for all government loan programs. This form uses last year's income. If you've had a change in circumstances (i.e., quit work to go to school, have large moving or medical expenses) contact the financial aid office. They may be able to adjust your aid package based on this information. Student Financial Assistance provides financial aid forms, student guide, counseling and more.

K-State does accept VA tuition assistance for distance education courses. More information on this option can be obtained by calling 1-800-432-8222.

Kansas State University does not offer scholarships for part-time graduate students. To qualify for any scholarships, students must be enrolled in nine hours of graduate work. Most assistance for graduate students comes in the form of graduate assistantships. If you live in or near Manhattan and are interested in information on available assistantships, please contact .

Course Registration

The GPIDEA Program Coordinator will send instructions and course registration materials for each course. Students enroll for all courses through their home institution. This means students will have only one enrollment process to complete and one check to write. All coursework completed will immediately be recorded on your K-State transcript.

Tuition and Fees

As stated above, students admitted to the program at Kansas State University enroll at K-State for all courses, whether they are taught at KSU or at a participating university. All courses will have a common price. There is no in-state or out-of-state tuition. This price will cover all course costs except textbook or course packet purchases. Current costs can be found on the Great Plains IDEA website.

Classroom Instruction

Most courses are taught online using a course management system accessed through your web browser. Some have supplemental materials on videos or CDs and others may require phone conferencing. Interactivity between students and professor is through e-mail, phone conferencing and the Internet classroom.

Course Materials

Textbooks and supplemental materials are required for each course and are the responsibility of the students. Approximate cost is $50-100 per course.

Transfer of credits

The Dean of Graduate Studies of the degree-awarding institution will maintain a transcript for students matriculated at that university. Each semester, course rosters and grade sheets will be transferred between institutions allowing the grades to be automatically, and immediately, recorded on the student's transcript.

For more information on the M.S. in Youth Development program at K-State contact . For questions on the application process, contact Denise Fangman by e-mail at , or by phone at (785) 532-1471.



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