Sep 15, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

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Master of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences

Beginning in Fall 2017, the Doctor of Philosophy in Youth Development and Family Science will prepare students to conduct high-impact research on youth, their families, and the communities in which they live. Graduates will be trained to become faculty members in academic departments such as human development and family studies, child and family sciences, community resource development, and family and consumer sciences, as well as for research positions in the public and private sector. Research in this field considers the influence of human growth and development, interpersonal and family processes and systems, and community contexts on the behavioral, psychosocial, and socio-emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to the development and rigorous evaluation of prevention and promotion programs and activities.

The Master of Science in FYCS seeks to prepare students for careers in human services, youth professions, and community development in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. There are two degree options: thesis and non-thesis project. The thesis option prepares students to conduct independent research needed to develop science-based solutions to problems, issues, and policies that affect families, youth, and communities. Students develop expertise in a subject matter area directly relevant to the problem or need they want to address with the thesis research. The non-thesis project option provides the student with a broad base of knowledge and skills in the discipline. Projects vary in nature and may include program development and evaluation, improving aspects of organizational/community development, grant writing, or other empirically-based projects.

Students in the Master of Science program have the option to complete a Concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development. The concentration introduces students to the unique aspects of nonprofits, their growing importance, and their impact on our society. It provides students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge base about the nonprofit sector. Students both inside and outside the major may complete a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. This 12-credit certificate covers the core competencies of: governance, strategic planning, fundraising, human resources management, and risk management, as well other emerging strategies. 

An online professional development program in Personal and Family Financial Planning is available.  The program is registered with the CFP Board of Standards to offer courses that cover the Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP) Board of Standards education requirement for sitting for the CFP examination.

The Family, Youth and Community Sciences Department offers two minors for non-majors. The Minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits introduces students to the core management and leadership competencies necessary to implement work in the nonprofit sector. The Minor in Family, Youth and Community Sciences provides students with knowledge about the theories and body of research that explain how families, youth, and communities develop and interact.

Combined program: The Department offers a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, which allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with a savings of up 12 credits. 


Degrees Offered with a Major in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

Master of Science

without a concentration

concentration in Community Studies

concentration in Family and Youth Development

concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development


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