Master of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences
The Master of Science in FYCS offers two degree options—a thesis and a non-thesis. Both options prepare students for advanced professional positions. FYCS students in either option may complete the FYCS Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership, the Certificate in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership, or the Certificate in Personal & Family Financial Planning. All FYCS graduate degree programs are available as traditional classroom programs or online through the Distance Education program.
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.
Non-Thesis Project Option provides the student with a broad base of knowledge and skills in the discipline. Students complete a non-thesis project determined in consultation with the supervisory committee. Projects vary in nature and may include development of educational materials or programs, directed research, and evaluation of programs or interventions, for example.
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. The minor consists of nine hours of study.
The Minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits provides students with an understanding of how to develop not-for-profit organizations to address problems facing families, youth and communities. The minor consists of six hours of study.
Concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development. The nonprofit organizational development concentration will prepare students to work with tax exempt nonprofit organizations and informal community based groups that serve a charitable purpose for the public good. The concentration includes the study of the historical development of nonprofits in the US that enable students to understand the unique aspects of nonprofits and their growing importance and impact on our society. It provides students with a knowledge base for aspiring nonprofit organizational leaders and proven competencies for practicing professionals in the nonprofit sector.
The Graduate Certificate in Personal and Family Financial Planning (open to non-majors) The Personal and Family Financial Planning (PFFP) program provides a career path to students interested in Family wellbeing. One of the clear dimensions for family wellbeing is that of family finances (e.g. net worth). The certificate and addresses the Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP) Board of Standards education requirement for sitting for the CFP examination, including: insurance, personal investing, retirement planning, tax planning, behavioral finance, financial planning practice management and foundational family economic theories. The CFP designation is the leading standard in financial planning and our program is registered with the CFP Board of Standards enabling students to sit for the exam upon completion of the certificate.
The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership will prepare students to work with all 501 (c) nonprofit organizations, tax exempt and others. Courses provide an in depth understanding for developing and sustaining and efficient and effective nonprofit organization. Core competencies in governance, strategic planning, fund raising, risk management are included as well as other tools.