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Janice Nikkel
Program Coordinator

Youth Development Master's Degree

The youth development master's program allows students to understand, integrate and apply conceptual approaches to youth development, including asset building, positive youth development, community youth development, risk and resiliency.

Student Success

Academic advisor master's Timothy Cox

"Since all of the interactions are digital, being able to break through and have a human connection beyond the computer has to happen. That's the experience I've had with all of the coordinators and professors at K State."

— Tritia Moneypenny '16

Read Tritia’s Story


Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate an understanding of the development and impact of local, regional, state, federal and global policies on youth and be able to advocate through policy development for optimal youth outcomes. Students will also develop skills in problem-solving regarding funding sources, boards, other agencies, families and other professionals.

The program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA).

Careers in Youth Development

K-State compiles post-graduation employment information. That information and other career assistance information can be found on the K-State Career Center website.

The youth development master's degree program is designed for professionals desiring to work in a variety of youth programs, including within:

  • service organizations
  • community-based programs
  • educational settings
  • youth counseling


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The youth development master's degree is offered through the School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology.

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