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Master of Science in Youth Development (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

The master’s degree in youth development from Kansas State University is a 36-credit-hour program for youth development professionals that uses a strengths-based approach to examine and engage with current issues in youth development. The includes a practicum and independent study, and focuses on different aspects of youth development such as adolescents and their families, program design, topics in contemporary youth issues, policy that affects youth and cultural contexts. Students who complete this program will also develop skills in problem-solving regarding funding sources, boards, other agencies, families, and other professionals.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Youth Development program is offered through:

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State
  • University of Missouri
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Texas Tech University


A bachelor's degree with 3.0 minimum GPA on last 60 credits. 

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission