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Master of Science Degree

About the Master of Science Degree

The online Master of Science program in FYCS can help you develop the advanced, specialized skills needed to move into a leadership role in career areas such as human services, nonprofit organizations, youth development, family life education, or other community-based initiatives. We offer two concentrations in our online program.

1. A Concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development. This concentration helps you build a foundation of skills to develop and sustain an effective nonprofit organization, including coursework that examines essential topics like governance, strategic planning, fundraising, risk management, and financial planning.

2. A Concentration in Family and Youth Development. This concentration will help you build the leadership skills needed to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate services and programs affecting youth and families within their communities.

Overall, you’ll develop the skills and expertise you need to:

  • Mobilize social, institutional, and fiscal resources
  • Strengthen youth and family relationships
  • Create and implement programs and interventions
  • Oversee and improve daily operations
  • Strengthen fundraising
  • Evaluate the outcomes of programs
MS Degree Requirements

The MS program requires completion of 30 credit hours and a non-thesis project. Part-time students take a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester.Students generally take 3-6 credits per semester. Please see the  for detailed information. Please see the MS Degree Requirements Checklist for detailed information. 

Application Deadlines

To begin the program in

Summer 2017 apply by March 15, 2017

Fall 2017 apply by July 1, 2017

Spring 2018 apply by October 1, 2017

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the online MS degree, candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution,
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least a B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours, and
  • A GRE score is required. The University of Florida requires submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. These scores are used in the context of a holistic credential review process. Please contact the Department Coordinator of Academic Programs if you have questions about this requirement.
How to Apply

Prior to the official program deadline, Master’s degree program applicants must complete the steps outlined on the FYCS Online MS Application Checklist and Statement of Purpose Guidelines.

Financial Aid

The University of Florida offers financial aid for graduate students, including loan programs. Graduate students should begin by applying for aid, using FAFSA on the Web. Degree seeking students can apply for student loans and learn more about their grant, scholarship and loan options through our Student Financial Affairs site. Talk to your employer about the possibility of continuing education funding.

FAQs

1. How many credit hours are required for the MS degree? 30 credit hours

2. What is the cost per credit hour? 
$524.67 per credit hour (not including textbooks or other additional fees/expenses).

3. Do students have to log in at specific times of the day? In general, coursework is completed asynchronously. However, many professors host weekly live discussion groups (usually on a voluntary basis). 

4. Is there a login minimum that students need to reach each week? The number of login attempts is not measured, but professors tend to structure the coursework to ensure students must log in multiple times each week. For example, it may be structured in such a way that students must log in one day for content, again to complete the work, and again to complete a quiz. On average, students log in 2-3 per week.

5. Can students complete the program part-time? Yes, many students do not carry the full graduate course load of 9 hours per semester. You should be able to complete the degree in five semesters if you carry at least 6 hours per semester.

6. Can students take a break from the program if they need to? Students can withdraw from active enrollment for one semester without any problem. For more information on how this would affect program completion time, students should speak to their advisors about their individual needs. However, if you fail to enroll in any graduate course for two consecutive semesters, you will have to apply for re-admission.

7. Does the program have to be completed within a certain time frame? The online degree is designed as a 3 year degree.

8. What is the lecture format? Do the courses have video or audio lectures, or other interactive pieces? Video lectures are included in courses. These lectures are high-quality videos filmed in a studio. Each video lecture is 20-25 minutes.

9. Do courses need to be completed in a certain order? It is important and helpful that courses are completed in a certain order (though not mandatory). Once admitted, you will work with your academic advisor to determine your courses.

10. What kind of jobs can a graduate get with this degree?
Our interdisciplinary approach to individuals, families, and communities opens the door to professional employment in youth and youth-serving organizations, nonprofit organizations, family life education, personal and family financial planning, human services, and counseling and community development.

11. Can a student transfer in credits?
Yes, in following the same procedure as the campus program, a student can transfer in a maximum of 9 credits with departmental approval. Not all credit transfers are guaranteed.

12. How quickly can students expect faculty members to reply to questions?
Typically within 24 hours.

13. Does UF accept international students?
Yes, international students must have a minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a minimum score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), and a minimum of 80 on the Internet version or a minimum of 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Applicants must submit these test scores also need to have verbal GRE scores of at least 320 (scores before August 1, 2011) or 140 (scores from August 1, 2011 onward). International students must contact the International Student Services (ISS) Unit of UF’s International Center. There are various procedures that international students must complete as a part of the application process and ISS is responsible for all of these procedures. Neither the UF Office of Admissions nor the Department can process your application for admission until you have completed the required processes with ISS.

14. Do you have an online library that students can access?
Yes, distance education students enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students.

15. What special services do you offer online students?
Degree seeking students in the FYCS online program have access to the same support services as on-campus students.

16. Does the University of Florida offer career placement services?
Yes, the University of Florida has a Career Resource Center available to degree seeking students. Both current students and alumni can access the center.

17. Does the University of Florida offer technical support for online students?
Yes, online students can get help form the e-Learning Help Desk and the e-Libraries Help Desk.

18. What are your online learning center platforms?
Canvas



 

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

Overview

The FYCS Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership is designed for professionals interested in leading a nonprofit. You will learn the skills required to oversee the critical processes of any NPO, government agency, or community-based program. You’ll also participate in hands-on, practical exercises in which you’ll develop your own fundraising and business plan for a nonprofit organization.

Courses provide in-depth analyses of real-world case studies, as well as examine policy and management issues often encountered by nonprofit leaders. The curriculum provides a complete overview of essential topics in nonprofit leadership, including:

Strategic planning.  Building an action plan for resource allocation that maximizes a nonprofit’s impact.

Governance and leadership.  Maintaining compliance, overseeing essential processes, and guiding an organization’s direction.

Marketing and public relations.  Using community outreach, messaging, and communication strategies to keep your cause in the public eye.

Daily nonprofit management.  Addressing the day-to-day challenges of NPO operations in a timely and effective manner.

Fundraising and volunteer development. Keeping the organization well-funded and leading an engaged staff of volunteers.

Risk management ethics. Understanding the effect of organizational decisions and exemplifying a high moral standard.

Certificate Requirements

In order to complete the nonprofit leadership certificate program, students must complete four, online courses for a total of 12 credit hours. The required courses are:

  • FYC 6421, Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • FYC 6905, Human Resource Management for Nonprofits (3 credits)
  • FYC 6424, Fundraising for Community Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • FYC 6425, Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
Application Deadlines

To begin the program in

Fall apply by July 1

Spring apply by November 15

Summer apply by March 15

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least a B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
How to Apply

Prior to the official program deadline, Master’s degree program candidates must complete the steps in the Application Checklist.

FAQs

1. How many credit hours are required for the certificate in nonprofit leadership? 

12 credit hours

2. What is the cost per credit hour? 

$524.67 per credit hour (not including textbooks or other additional fees/expenses).

3. Is financial aid available for certificate students? 

No, financial aid is only available to degree-seeking students. Talk to your employer about the possibility of continuing education funding.

4. Do students have to log in at specific times of the day?

In general, coursework is completed asynchronously. However, many professors host weekly live discussion groups (usually on a voluntary basis).

5. Is there a login minimum that students need to reach each week?

The number of login attempts is not measured, but professors tend to structure the coursework to ensure students must log in multiple times each week. For example, it may be structured in such a way that students must log in one day for content, again to complete the work, and again to complete a quiz. On average, students log in 2-3 per week.

6. What is the lecture format?

Video lectures are included in courses. These lectures are high-quality videos filmed in a studio. Each video lecture is 20-25 minutes.

7. Do courses need to be completed in a certain order?

The order of courses will depend on the semester you start the program. You will work with Nicole Sloan, the Distance Education Coordinator to determine your courses.

8. How quickly can students expect faculty members to reply to questions? 

Typically, within 24 hours.

9. Does UF accept international students?

Yes, international students are accepted.

10. Do you have an online library that students can access?

Yes, Distance Education Students enjoy the same library privileges as on campus students.

11. Does the University of Florida offer technical support for online students?

Yes, online students can get help form the e-Learning Help Desk and the e-Libraries Help Desk

12. What is your online learning platform? 

Canvas

Personal and Family Financial Planning Program

Overview

The Online Professional Development Program in Personal and Family Financial Planning (a noncredit program) is specifically designed to help you, as a financial professional, pursue a CFP® certification while building the skills to help individuals and families navigate the complex landscape of personal finance. This program is recognized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Completion of the program qualifies students to sit for the CFP exam to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

This program presents a unique approach to CFP preparation and online learning, allowing you to develop your professional skills alongside established peers and expert faculty. 

Our program is

  • Flexible. You can register and start classes at any time, regardless of upcoming start dates. With 120 days from the day you enroll, you can complete the program as it suits your schedule.  
  • 100% online. This program blends the convenience of the online platform with direct faculty support and instruction, so you learn online, but not alone.
  • Innovative coursework.  We offer an academically-based curriculum designed by UF faculty to help you build financial planning skills while you prepare for the certification process.
Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible to take the CFP® Certification Examination you do not need to have a bachelor’s degree and it does not need to be met before registering for the examination. However, students will need a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to obtain CFP® certification. Please see the CFP Certification Requirements on their website.

Program Requirements

In order to complete the program, students must complete six online courses. The curriculum is built on the financial planning process and topics defined by the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards, Inc.

Introduction to Personal and Family Financial Planning. This course will teach the comprehensive principles of the financial planning process to prepare you for a career within the financial services industry using the ethics and ethos of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. The course will apply theory and practice to set the foundation for the core financial planning competencies. As a practitioner or academic, implementing the art and science of financial planning requires understanding interdisciplinary theories and applications. This course will expand on the breadth of the discipline to prepare you for advanced courses in each subject in greater depth.

Personal & Family Tax Planning. Examines the principles, current law, and practice of income taxation and its impact on financial planning for individuals and families in their roles as investors, employees, and business owners.

Personal & Family Insurance Planning. Introduces students to risk management and insurance decisions in personal and family financial planning. Topics include insurance for life, health, disability, property and liability risks, as well as annuities, group insurance and long term care.

Personal & Family Wealth Management. The intent of this course is to introduce financial investment instruments and its applications to financial planning. The course will focus on educating individuals on the different types of financial accounts that may be used for wealth accumulation. The goal of the course is to understand the investment process with the financial markets to provide suitability for their investment goals. Thus, evaluate the return and risk implications of different investing strategies and tactics. This course provides the student with an understanding of the various types of securities traded in financial markets, investment theory and practice, portfolio construction and management, and investment strategies and tactics.

Personal & Family Retirement & Estate Planning. Provides individuals with knowledge of both public and private retirement plans including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, defined benefit, defined contribution plans and their regulatory provisions. Estate planning aspects focus on the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth through trusts, wills, probate, and charitable giving consistent with the client’s goals.

Personal & Family Financial Planning Capstone

The Personal & Family Financial Planning Capstone course is the final class that comprehensively applies all of the knowledge and skills obtained in the financial planning process. It is imperative that the following courses have been completed prior to starting this class: Personal & Family Financial Planning, Personal & Family Tax Planning, Personal & Family Insurance Planning, Personal & Family Retirement and Estate Planning.

Deadlines

The online program is an open-enrollment, non-credit program. You can enroll at any time. However, even though the courses are self-paced, you must complete each course within 120 days of enrollment. 

How to Apply

To apply for the Online Professional Development Program in Personal and Family Financial Planning, students must contact the distance education coordinator

Nicole Sloan
Distance Education Coordinator 
nlsloan@ufl.edu 
(352) 273-3531.
FAQs

1. How many courses are required for the Online Professional Development Program in Personal and Family Financial Planning? 

6 courses

2. What is the cost per course? 

Each of the 6, required courses costs $983.33 (not including textbooks or other additional fees/expenses).

3. When do courses in the PFFP program start? 

The structure of the program is flexible and students can register at any time and complete courses independently.

4. Can students complete course and the program at their own pace? 

Once a student enrolls in a course, they must complete it within 120 days. After 120 days the student is no longer able to access the course. However, there is no deadline to complete the full program, meaning students can start courses when it suits them and finish the program on their own schedule.

5. Is financial aid available for FYCS students? 

Financial aid is only available to degree-seeking students. Talk to your employer about the possibility of continuing education funding.

6. Can students pay for the online financial planning program on a class-by-class basis?

Yes

7. Do students have to login at specific times of the day? 

No. All coursework is completed asynchronously.

8. Do courses need to be completed in a certain order? 

Introduction to Personal and Family Financial Planning should be taken first, and Personal & Family Financial Planning Capstone should be taken last. The rest of the course can be taken in any order.

9. How quickly can students expect faculty members to reply to questions? 

Typically, within 24 hours.

10. What is the program’s tuition refund policy? 

If requesting a refund, you must do so in writing within 10 days of beginning the course and can take up to 4 weeks to process. We reserve the right to modify or cancel a course/event when circumstances warrant, including insufficient registrations. In the event of cancellation, each registrant will be notified and issued a full refund. The University of Florida is not responsible for any other related expenses.  Please send refund requests by fax to (352)-392-8196, by email to nlsloan@ufl.edu, or post to

Nicole Sloan
Family, Youth and Community Sciences
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110310
Gainesville, FL 32611-0310

11. Does UF accept international students? 

Yes, international students are accepted.

12. Does the University of Florida offer technical support for online students? 

Yes, online students can get help form the e-Learning Help Desk and the e-Libraries Help Desk.

13. What is your online learning center platform? 

Canvas