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Master of Arts in Youth Development (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

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. 

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 degree is required.

Accreditation & Licensing

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


At present, MSU is not authorized to offer online programs/distance education to any residents of Arkansas or Maryland.