College of Health, Education and Human Development

Welcome to the Youth Development Leadership M.S. Degree Program

The Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership degree program is designed to equip students with the competencies, knowledge, and skills to help young people develop into healthy, competent, coping, and contributing citizens. This program prepares students to address issues facing youth in the context of family and community with an emphasis on positive outcomes through a dynamic learning environment.

The MS in Youth Development Leadership program is an interdisciplinary degree primarily involving departments and units in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development but also including academic areas from other colleges and units at the University. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who are also working professionals.

All courses are offered in an accelerated format and are delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous distance education technologies. Minimum technology requirements for this program include access to e-mail and the Internet with the ability to read CD-ROMs and DVDs.

When the first cohort of 16 students entered the program in January 2006, they came to Clemson for a 3 day orientation from all over the country and became 'fast friends', learning about taking courses on line. Each Cohort begins the first course, Foundations of Youth Development, during the on-campus orientation. The course is taught by Dr. Robert Barcelona. During orientation, students also explore the online resources available on Clemson University's campus.

Students take one course at a time for 6 weeks, allowing working professionals to focus on one course at a time. The duration of the program is the same as most traditional masters programs, 2 years.

The Youth Development Leadership graduate program has a strong relationship with youth-related agencies/organizations and engages them in learning and experiential opportunities for students. The Youth Development Leadership program is designed to:

  1. Empower students to focus on strengths and assets within the context of family and community that will promote positive youth development
  2. Identify and examine physical, emotional, environmental, and social issues related to being a young person in today's society
  3. Prepare professional educators and leaders at all program and management levels for careers in schools, agencies, institutions, and community groups that serve yout
  4. Train new and current professionals to be well prepared with increased knowledge and enhanced skills in the youth development are
  5. Prepare leaders who will have an immediate impact on youth development in South Carolina and around the nation
  6. Link formal and non-formal prevention and intervention youth programs to enhance the learning experience for students
  7. Enhance youth serving agencies and organizations by supplying professionals who are competent in child and adolescent growth and development.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Youth Development requires 36 semester hours of coursework as follows: STAT 8420, HEHD 8000, 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040, 8050, 8060, 8090, 8080, 8080, 8900.

Admission Requirements

A complete application packet should include:

  • Proof of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade-point ratio of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination, GRE (
  • A letter of intent, and two letters of reference
  • Experience in the field of youth development is preferred

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