YFCS Online Graduate Certificate

Bria Sledge, FLEC Certificate, 2016

The Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences online Graduate Certificate is designed for students and professionals seeking new or expanded learning in a specific concentration area of Family Life and Youth Development. YFCS certificate coursework is transferable into our Master’s degree programs.




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To apply, prospective certificate students must either:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be a student in good standing in a NC State graduate program;* or
  • Have a master’s degree.

*Current NC State students should contact Deidra Craig directly to apply.

Shahnee Haire, YDL Certificate, 2017

Prospective Graduate Certificate students must complete an online application that includes:

  1. A one-page personal statement explaining the applicant’s specific interest in and qualifications for pursuing the Graduate Certificate
  2. Transcript(s) showing the conferral of an undergraduate and/or graduate degree;* and
  3. A $25 application fee.**

*Accepted students must submit official transcripts to the Graduate School prior to full acceptance.

**Note: Graduate Certificate students are not eligible for financial aid. You must be a degree-seeking student taking at least 9 graduate course credit hours to be eligible for financial aid. For additional information about this please contact the NC State University Financial Aid Office.

***Note: Admission for the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Online Graduate Certificate is rolling. Applications received after the beginning of a semester will be eligible for enrollment the following semester. Please allow approximately 3 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.

Please contact Deidra Craig, Coordinator for the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Online Graduate Certificate Programs, with any additional questions you might have. For information about tuition and billing, please visit the Cashier’s Office website.

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