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Graduate Certificate in Youth Program Management & Evaluation (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

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.

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 bachelors 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.