The Department offers two distance-based Youth, Family, and Community Sciences online Master’s degrees. The comprehensive programs lead to a Master’s degree in Family Life and Youth Development. Both the M.S. (thesis) and the M.R. (non-thesis) options are designed to meet the specific needs of students by allowing individuals to tailor a master’s program that best fits their professional goals.
The Master’s of Science in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences (M.S.) is a distance-based thesis degree that requires 36 graduate credit hours culminating in a final oral examination and thesis approved by the student’s graduate committee. This option is ideal for students with an interest in pursuing a doctoral program or that have a strong interest in research and program evaluation.
The Master’s of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences (M.R.) is a distance-based non-thesis degree that requires a total of 30 graduate credit hours culminating in a capstone experience the student’s final semester. This option is ideal for students that desire a master’s degree as their final degree.
The Online Courses tab includes detailed course descriptions for all YFCS courses, including a schedule of when they are typically offered. Download a printer-friendly description of all courses for your planning purposes.
Specific degree requirements and worksheets for mapping out a personal completion schedule for either the M.S. (thesis) and the M.R. (non-thesis) degrees are all online. Download documents for planning your own graduate plan of work (GPOW):
With careful course selection you can achieve certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Details for earning your CFLE are here.
Please contact Kimberly Allen with questions:
Kimberly Allen, Ph.D., BCC
Director of Graduate Programs
512 Brickhaven Suite 230
NCSU Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606