The Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership is a unique program designed to prepare new professionals, building skills to lead youth organizations, and address career changes for practicing professionals in youth serving positions. Utilizing an integrated strategy of education and collaboration, the program will equip you with the competencies, knowledge and skills necessary to help young people develop into healthy, competent, coping and contributing citizens.
Students use this degree and the knowledge they gain in the program to prepare them for many opportunities. They may take positions of leadership in youth development organizations, agencies, and institutions such as schools, 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, non- profit organizations, faith-based organizations, recreation/community agencies, land grant extension services/programs, and many others. They may be supervisors of youth development staff including education and social service work environments, faith-based advocates for youth well-being, program evaluators, fundraisers and grantwriters, administrators, and supervisors.
In addition to the master degree, a five-course graduate certificate is also offered online.
The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership:
Courses in the Master of Science Youth Development Leadership program are offered in an accelerated format and are delivered through synchronous distance education technologies.
Each cohort begins the first course, Foundations of Youth Development, during a three-day on-campus orientation. Students then take one course at a time for seven weeks, allowing working professionals to focus on one course at a time, but still finish within the standard master’s degree timeline, two years.
South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.
For more information about this online program, please visit the Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership webpage, or contact William Quinn, Ph.D., Program Director, or Alexis Ward, Student Coordinator