Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership
Clemson University

Program Details

The online MS in Youth Development Leadership degree program is designed to prepare new professionals and those already practicing in the field to lead youth organizations. This online human services degree gives students the competencies, knowledge, and skills to help young people develop into healthy, competent, coping, and contributing citizens. Students will examine topics surrounding youth development, including programming in a contemporary society, the family context, professional and leadership considerations, managing staff and volunteers, the grant process, and more.

Graduates may pursue positions of leadership in youth development organizations, agencies, and institutions such as:

  • Schools
  • 4-H
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Recreational/community agencies


  • Students must meet on-campus for three days for the beginning course.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two references
  • Resume
  • Experience in youth development preferred

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges