YFCS Online Master’s Degrees

The graduate program offers two distance-based online master’s degrees in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences. Both 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.

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Online Master's Degrees Sonia Mitchell, 2013

Sonja Mitchell, 2013


The Master 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 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.

Admissions Requirements

  • GRE requirement policy: We will no longer require the GRE for consideration into our masters program effective October 2018.
  • Students must submit a 500-800 word academic writing sample that answers the following prompt: What is the role of family science in a diverse society?
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (Academic and Professional)
  • Official Transcripts (must be from a 4-year accredited university or college)

Note: Transfer credits are generally not allowed. Exceptions made at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Programs (DGP).

Program Requirements and Print-Friendly Course Listings

Christian Gray, 2017

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):




Add a CFLE certification to your master’s

Rebekah Torres, 2017

With careful course selection you can achieve certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Details for earning your CFLE are here.

More Information

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

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