About the Master of Science Degree

Earn your Master of Science degree in FYCS at one of the top 10 public universities in the United States. Our interdisciplinary faculty will teach you to use theory and methods to enhance the lives of youth, their families, and the communities in which they serve.

You will gain expertise in positive youth development, family dynamics, community development, prevention science, community-based intervention, nonprofit management, and program planning and evaluation.  In addition to our required courses, we offer two concentrations, one in Nonprofit Leadership and one in Family and Youth Development.

Whether it’s learning in class, studying together, or socializing at a tailgate or other campus event, our graduate students enjoy being part of a welcoming and active community.

Careers in FYCS
Applications Deadlines

Completed applications and all supporting documents must be received before the deadline.

Fall Admission:

  • Priority Deadline for graduate assistantship funding = February 1
  • Non-priority Deadline = March 15

Spring Admission = October 1

How to Apply

Complete all the steps outlined in the On-Campus FYCS MS MS On-Campus Application Checklist.  Please use this guide when writing your Statement of Purpose Guidelines


You can view the MS Curriculum Requirements and Course Descriptions here: MS On-Campus Curriculum and Courses

Financial Support

  • Funding for assistantships through the department is available on a competitive basis. Please indicate your interest on your admissions application, no separate application or letter is required to be considered for assistantships. The priority deadline for funding is February 1.

We encourage you to look into other available assistantships and fellowships through the Graduate School and other organizations and colleges on campus, please visit:

  • Graduate School (application deadlines may be prior to February 1st):
  • Assistantship information maintained by the College of Education:



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. (https://fafsa.ed.gov

Degree seeking students can apply for student loans and learn more about their grant, scholarship, and loan options through UF’s Student Financial Affairs site.

Contact Us

Gregg Hendershiedt
Coordinator of Academic Programs 
3041 McCarty Hall D 
Gainesville, FL 32610 
(352) 273-3514
(352) 392-8196 (fax) 

David Diehl
Graduate Coordinator  
3041 McCarty Hall D
Gainesville, FL 32610 
(352) 273-3526 

M.S. Program Forms and Resources

Doctoral Program Forms and Resources

Directory of Students

1. What are the admissions requirements for the master’s degree program? To apply to the 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

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. A combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 300 on the GRE is considered competitive. We do not have a minimum required score. Please contact the Department Coordinator of Academic Programs if you have questions about this requirement.

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

3. Can a student transfer in credits? Yes, a student can transfer in a maximum of 9 credits with departmental approval. Not all credit transfers are guaranteed.

4. 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.

5. How do international students apply? 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). Please see the UF Graduate Admissions page.