Admissions

All of the coursework required for YFCS graduate certificate programs uses a distance education format.

 

Some courses require students to attend synchronous meetings (about 5 per semester). Synchronous class participation requirements are included in course syllabi.

Effective October 2018, we will no longer require the GRE for admissions into our masters program.

We do not have a minimum GRE score. Our minimum required GPA is 3.0.

With a strong application, we theoretically could accept a student with a GPA lower than 3.0, but we’d need additional documentation that shows how the student can be successful. If there is something of concern on your application, such as a low GPA, you can explain that in your personal statement.

Yes. You can take up to 4 courses, or 12 credit hours, as a non-degree student (NDS). Some students have taken a course as an NDS to provide evidence that they can be successful, which helps their chances of being accepted if they have low test or GPA scores.

Yes, you can apply to a YFCS graduate certificate program even if your undergraduate degree is in another field. The only requirements concerning previous degrees are the following:

  1. You must be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university.
  2. Your cumulative undergraduate GPA was at least 3.0.

Before you submit your application, please prepare a 1-page (minimum) personal statement in which you address your reasons for pursuing your chosen graduate certificate. Also include related qualifications, work or personal experiences, academic credentials, etc.

Application deadlines for both our master’s and certificate programs are as

follows:

  • April 1 for Summer
  • July 1 for Fall
  • November 1 for Spring

NC State allows students to take up to 9 credit hours of coursework without being accepted to a program (degree or non-degree). Non-Degree Studies (NDS) / Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) students must complete an online application before becoming eligible to register for courses by following the steps outlined here.

Applications are typically reviewed on a monthly basis. Please allow 3-4 weeks to receive notification of an admission decision via email. Applications are processed faster when application fees are paid online using a credit card. Payments made by check can take 1-3 months for processing.

Our online courses follow the University’s academic calendar.

For master’s program questions, please contact Geri Bushel:

Executive Assistant

Scheduling Officer/Graduate Services Coordinator

gbushel@ncsu.edu

919.515.9136

For graduate certificate program questions, please contact Deidra Craig:

Graduate Certificate Coordinator

mmdeidra@ncsu.edu

919.515.8500

Financial Aid And Tuition

Find answers to questions about tuition rates and refund policies by visiting the NC State Cashier’s Office.

Costs will vary depending on the number of hours you take. For the most up-to-date Distance Education tuition rates, please visit the Cashier’s Office website.

Many students have questions about finances. We do not have outside funding or assistantships for students at this time, but full-time students are eligible for financial aid and other funding opportunities. Please check with the NC State financial aid office for more information.

monthly payment plan is offered and can be spread across Fall or Spring semester only. Visit the Cashier’s Office and Student Accounts website to review payment plan FAQs.

Master's Degree Programs

The master’s degree (either non-thesis or thesis option) requires 30 or 36 credit hours of coursework, whereas our graduate certificates only require 12 credit hours of coursework. Courses required for the certificates can be applied to our master’s degree program.

The Master’s of Science in Youth, Family and Community Sciences (M.S.) degree requires a student to conduct a research project and write a thesis, whereas the Master’s in Youth, Family and Community Sciences (M.R.) requires an internship as the capstone experience. The thesis option includes an extra research course while our master’s degree requires an internship where students work in their communities to help meet a community need.

Learn more about our online master’s degree programs.

While we’ve had students complete the program in as little as one year, most full-time students complete the program in 1.5 years and most part-time students complete it in 3 years.

Application deadlines for both our master’s and certificate programs are as

follows:

  • April 1 for Summer
  • July 1 for Fall
  • November 1 for Spring

For semester start and end dates, view the NC State Academic Calendar at: https://studentservices.ncsu.edu/calendars/academic/.

To apply, you need to submit:

  1. Formal transcripts
  2. Three reference letters, with as many as possible coming from academic source.
  3. A personal statement that speaks to your interest in the academic program, explaining how this academic program can help you meet your personal goals, or why you want to work with certain professors, or something along those lines.

Visit our Apply page for specific details on how to get started.

Certificate Programs

A graduate certificate program (GCP) is a prescribed set of graduate-level academic courses, designed by an academic department or program, and taken for credit by current or future professionals of a given field.

Graduate certificates offered by the Youth, Family and Community Sciences graduate program are designed to prepare and strengthen students in the areas of family life education and coaching, leadership and administration, volunteer management and youth development.

There is a $25 application fee to apply to a graduate certificate program.

Absolutely! If you already have a master’s degree, then you are eligible for admission. Many professionals earn graduate certificates as a way to enhance their professional skill sets, fulfill continuing education requirements, to stay current in their field, or to gain exposure in a new area.

Because certificate programs are not degree programs, certificate students are not eligible for financial assistance or financial aid. If you need financial assistance, contact NC State’s Financial Aid Department. Staff can inform you of your options and provide names of reputable educational loan programs. They are also available to help students decipher the terms of loans.

Visit the NC State Distance Education website for an overview of how to apply and enroll in a distance program, or apply now using the NC State Graduate Degrees and Certificate Online Application.

Contact us to find out more about transferring between our online programs.

Yes! We have NC State graduate students in various departments across campus earn a graduate certificate in Youth, Family and Community Sciences as part of their program of study. If you are a student in good standing in an NC State graduate program, you are eligible to apply. Current NC State graduate students should contact Deidra Craig if interested in applying.

Yes, you can apply to any YFCS graduate certificate program after taking a course or several courses. We encourage students to do so.

While successful graduate certificate coursework will not guarantee acceptance to the YFCS Master’s Degree program, it will be considered as part of your total application package.

You can apply to the YFCS master’s degree program for Spring, Summer or Fall. Applications are reviewed each fall (October 1st) and spring (March 1st). YFCS certificate course credits transfer into our master’s programs. Visit our department website for more information about admission and application requirements.

Currently there are three YFCS graduate certificates:

  • Family Life Education and Coaching
  • Leadership and Volunteer Management
  • Youth Development and Leadership

The master’s degree (either non-thesis or thesis option) requires 30 or 36 credit hours of coursework, whereas our graduate certificates only require 12 credit hours of coursework. Courses required for the certificates can be applied to our master’s degree program.

Coaching Programs

NC State’s Department of Youth, Family and Community Sciences offers the following coach training options:

Master’s Degree:

Graduate Certificate:

Graduate courses taken as a Non-Degree Student

Professional Development Course

A family coach is a professional that has training in coaching and family science that helps families make positive changes and achieve familial goals. A coach is not an educator or a therapist or counselor, although many family coaches have training in these areas. Family Coaches work with families to help them reach future goals through a variety of coaching skills. Coaches typically do not spend much time on past experiences or mental issues.

A family coach will support families by helping them identify goals and then work with families to design a plan to reach those goals. A family coach will help parents and families better understand how thoughts and behaviors impact actions.

A family coach will begin by helping a client identify goals and strengths. Then she will talk with clients on a regular basis to help them make needed changes. Coaches are facilitators; they help facilitate changes identified by the client. Family coaches will likely ask lots of questions, and the client directs the process as they are the experts in their lives.

Family Coaches have specialized training in family sciences, so they best understand how to help families. Many family coaches specialize in one or more areas of family life. For example, some people see a family coach that specializes in ADHD issues, parenting, or relationships. However, most family coaches can help with a range of family issues including:

  • Parenting
  • Special Needs
  • Relationship
  • LGBT Family Issues

General Program And Delivery Information

All of the coursework required for YFCS graduate certificate programs uses a distance education format.

 

Some courses require students to attend synchronous meetings (about 5 per semester). Synchronous class participation requirements are included in course syllabi.

Our program is online, and most classes have both synchronous and asynchronous meetings.

All of our classes have an online course room where you turn in

assignments, find readings, watch videos, etc., all asynchronously.

We also use 2 web conferencing tools called Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom that allow students to log on in real time to have discussions and attend course lectures with the instructors.

Yes. Because we are fully online, we’ve had students from all over the world!

Our program is designed for working professionals, so all synchronous courses are offered in the evening and most are a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, which allows for a great deal of flexibility.

Yes! Students are welcome to present their thesis and capstone experiences, and we also have departmental get-togethers and open houses on occasion. Finally, we have a beautiful graduation ceremony at the Hunt Library each spring and fall, with great speakers, amazing students, and ice cream for the whole family. It is truly an amazing day to celebrate with professors and classmates.

They are leaders of youth, family, and community programs! Most graduates work for non-profit organizations. Many serve as family life coaches or educators, extension agents, or research assistants. To learn more about the careers that our programs will help prepare you for, visit our Careers page.

 

Current Student Information

Some professors do have grants to hire students. If you are looking for part-time work, it is worth checking in with YFCS professors to see if they have grant-funded student positions available.

Most of our courses do have class meetings scheduled at a specific time. Some courses may have weekly meetings and some may meet synchronously only several times per semester. Your professor will provide the scheduled meeting dates and times prior to your enrollment and will indicate whether attending the live sessions is a required component of that course. Live sessions are always recorded and in some cases, you have the option to review recordings or attend the live session. If you have concerns about being able to attend scheduled class meetings, you must contact the professor in advance to make alternate arrangements.

 

You can access NC State’s Moodle course sites whenever it is convenient and from any place with Internet access. Many of our students work full time, travel, or have family obligations, and find that distance learning offers the flexibility they need. Students find that they do need to manage their time effectively in order to meet the course requirements specified in the course syllabus.

You will need to log into MyPack Portal to access Enrollment. You can add a class by going to Navigation: Student Self Service > Enrollment > Enrollment Dates. The Enrollment Date is the day you can begin registration.  Non-Degree Studies students are not required to meet with an advisor.  It is recommended that you speak with the department for the course you are seeking to enroll for information. NDS students will start enrollment during NDS Open Enrollment.

Enrollment Dates are assigned shortly before the Registration period begins. Visit NC State University’s Registration and Records website for additional information regarding enrollment period.

There are application deadlines for admissions.

New students can start any semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • April 1 for Summer
  • July 1 for Fall
  • November 1 for Spring

For semester start and end dates, view the NC State Academic Calendar.

The office of Registration and Records maintains the official NC State Academic Calendar, which can be viewed online.

Visit the Online Courses tab of the YFCS website for prospective students.

Visit the Online Courses tab of the YFCS website for prospective students.

Moodle is a learning management system platform used by NC State to host distance education courses, to store course material and to communicate with instructors, teaching assistants, and colleagues.

MyPackPortal is an online student self-service application.  Students may update their personal or academic information through this system, which includes updating contact information and registering for classes.

BlackBoard Collaborate is a web conferencing application that is available at no charge to all students. Collaborate sessions provide the ability for students to effectively communicate in real time for instructor-led class meetings, and can also be scheduled by students as a meeting space to collaborate on team projects.

Students who are not able to attend required synchronous meetings should discuss their situation with the instructor(s) and make arrangements to complete all required coursework.

Each faculty member in charge of a course will provide specifics about online office hours or other ways for you to get help. It is also possible to schedule one-on-one telephone calls with faculty to address your needs.