Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences is delivered through the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and administered under the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. This program’s distance learning delivery was designed with working place-bound professionals in mind who wouldn’t normally have the freedom to pursue a traditional graduate degree on-campus due to family, location, or work commitments.

Students interested in this program must choose between the Thesis and Non-Thesis tracks of this degree. The Thesis Option prepares students to conduct the independent research necessary to develop science-based solutions to problems, issues, and policies that affect families, youth, and communities. Through this track, students may develop a solid expertise in the subject matter area directly relating to their thesis and the problem or need they wish to address.

If students choose to pursue the Non-Thesis Option, they may gain a broad base of knowledge and skills in the discipline. Instead of a thesis, students will complete a project determined in consultation with a supervisory committee. These projects vary greatly in nature, and may include directed research, development of educational materials, or program evaluation. Some of the courses students will take through both options span the topics of Scientific Reasoning and Research Design, Advanced Research Methods for Social Sciences, Theories of Youth and Family Development, and Theories of Community. In addition to the required core curriculum, students have the freedom to choose a substantial number of elective courses tailored to their personal interests and professional goals.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Requires that all graduate students have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution, a GPA of at least a B (3.0) grade point average, calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours, and submission of GRE scores. Three letters of recommendation. Statement of Purpose.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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