Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Youth Development at Michigan State University is designed for students who wish to work in a youth-related profession and learn about youth development in the communities, homes, neighborhoods, and society. The youth population has been growing more and more ethnically diverse since the 1980s, and this program has designed courses that will teach students how to approach this demographic modification. This program is offered completely online, and under Plan B, which means no thesis is required.

Faculty for this program are spread amongst Kansas State University, Michigan State University, North Dakota State University, University of Missouri, and University of Nebraska. Since this program is a distance education program, students will be working with an advisor via online communication to plan an academic schedule and course of study. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    A bachelor degree is required.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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