Great Plains IDEA's online master's degree in Youth Development provides exceptional preparation for a rewarding career working with youth representing every race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Through the dynamic 36-credit hour curriculum, you gain the knowledge and skills to design and implement effective youth programming and be an advocate for youth issues and pro-youth policies.
Explore our master's degree curriculum below, and learn more about the research-based skills and knowledge of how to work effectively with youth that are gained through this impactful program.
The master's degree core coursework covers 28 total credit hours: 25 credit hours in the core courses and 3 in contemporary youth issues. You must complete all 25 credit hours from the list of core courses below.
As a Youth Development master's degree student, the core coursework will build a firm foundation in leading theories, policies, and methodologies related to youth programming. The curriculum also serves to build your confidence in youth-related work, ensuring you can effectively navigate influential systems and engage the systems to promote positive youth development.
Youth Development master's degree courses can be taken in any order with the exception of the Foundations of Youth Development course, which must be taken during your first semester in the program. Otherwise, no course is a prerequisite for any other course in the degree. To see faculty recommendations for the timing of certain courses, review the Youth Development Student Handbook.
Review the course planner to find out when each course is offered and plan out a prospective course sequence.
Contemporary Youth Issues (CYI)
Incorporated within the core coursework, you must also complete at least three (3) credit hours of Contemporary Youth Issues courses. These topics build out your knowledge of modern-day challenges that youth in your community face.
Consult your academic advisor for course requirements specific to your home university.
The remaining eight (8) credit hours to complete the master's degree program are a combination of the Contemporary Youth Issues courses and/or Practicum/Independent Study/Research experiences.
Your home university may also require these hands-on or culminating learning experiences to complete the master's degree. This can include creative components, directed studies, practica, research projects, comprehensive exams, and/or theses, but not all universities require such experiences for degree completion. Your home university academic advisor will guide you through this process if these experiences are required for satisfactory completion of the degree.
Become a Changemaker with a Youth Development Master's Degree
Great Plains IDEA's online Youth Development master's degree prepared you for a fulfilling career as a changemaker, working directly with the youth in your community. The engaging curriculum provides the skills you need to interact effectively and positively with youth to promote supportive relationships, long-term youth engagement, and youth leadership opportunities.
Average time to complete:
Master's degree: 29 months
Graduate certificates: 18 months