Program Overview

The Youth Program Management and Evaluation Graduate Certificate offered at Michigan State University is designed to instruct youth professionals on planning and implementing resources that will assist youth-serving organizations. To gain the most benefit from this strengths-based curriculum, students will use research and policy while focusing on advanced education.

This program is available completely online, but must be completed in collaboration with The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. To be accepted into this program, students must follow University admission procedures. Those who are currently enrolled to complete the Master of Arts in Youth Development are not qualified to apply for admission to this graduate certificate program.

The courses in this program include Foundations of Youth Development, Administration and Program Management, Contemporary Youth Issues, Program Design, Evaluation & Implementation, Youth Policy, Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    A bachelors 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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