The Master of Science in FYCS can help you develop the specialized skills needed to pursue an advanced social science degree (e.g., PhD) or move into a leadership role in career areas such as human services, social welfare, family life education, nonprofit organizations, youth development, or other community-based initiatives. The curriculum closely examines methods you can use to effectively create and evaluate human services programs and explores interdisciplinary research and assessment techniques you can immediately apply to your organization.
We offer a Concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Development that can be completed while earning your MS degree. This concentration helps you build a foundation of skills necessary to develop and sustain an effective nonprofit, including coursework that examines essential topics like governance, strategic planning, fundraising, risk management, and financial planning.
Designed to prepare you to conduct high-impact research addressing the problems, issues, and needs relevant to developing youth, their families, and the communities in which they live. This PhD is appropriate whether you plan to pursue a tenure-track faculty position or a career in the government, nonprofit, or private sectors. Research in this field answers questions related to how human growth and development, interpersonal and family processes and systems, and community contexts influence the behavioral, psychosocial, and socio-emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults.