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Youth Development Leadership, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #701 (QS) , SC, | Online
The online Youth Development Leadership Program in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University is moving forward to address the need for providing strong, effective leaders equipped to optimize the skills of youth and create a culture where youth thrive and are nurtured to become productive citizens of healthy communities in our society.


Our Youth Development Leadership program affords students the opportunity to receive a comprehensive discipline of study that (1) develops effective leaders to work with youth to foster healthy living and preparation for successful adulthood; and (2) expands the body of knowledge of best practices in serving youth.

The 2-year Master of Science degree program is designed to prepare leaders to build the capacity for youth to successfully act within their families and communities by equipping them with the knowledge and skills related to:

  • Theories of Youth Development
  • Best Practices
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Youth Program Services
  • Family Intervention
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Grantsmanship

Similarly, the online Certificate program can be completed within one year and is designed to equip professionals with competencies that augment their bachelor's degree in a related field.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Public Data Analysis 3 
  • Theories of Youth Development: An Applied Perspective 3 
  • Child and Adolescent Development 3 
  • Youth Development Programming in a Contemporary Society 3 
  • Creative and Ethical Leadership in a Changing Society 3 
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Youth Programs 3 
  • Youth Development in the Context of Family 3 
  • Youth Development in the Context of a Global and Diverse Society 3 
  • Internship in Youth Development 3 
  • Grantsmanship 3 
  • Management of Staff and Volunteers 3 
  • Special Topics in Youth Development Leadership 3 
  • Independent Study in Youth Development 1-6 
  • The Profession of Youth Development Leadership

                            Detailed Programme Facts

                            • Programme intensity Full-time
                              • Full-time duration 24 months
                            • Languages
                              • English
                            • Delivery mode
                              On Campus, Online

                            English Language Requirements

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                            Academic Requirements

                            You need the following GPA score:

                            Required score: 2.5

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                            • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

                              Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


                              Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


                              Recommended Analytical Writing score:


                              The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

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                            General Requirements

                            • Application Fee of $80 (domestic), $90 (international), $60 (non-degree).
                            • Online Application
                            • Personal Statement
                            • Resume
                            • Letters of Recommendation
                            • U.S. universities are required by law to verify that students entering the United States on F-1 and J-1 visas have adequate financial resources to meet expenses.
                            • Applicants to graduate programs at Clemson University must hold a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or a master's degree from an institution whose scholastic rating is satisfactory to the University.
                            • Transcripts – Firstly, a set of unofficial transcripts is required. The the official transcripts are set to be submitted by the applicants who are offered admission.

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              610 USD/credit
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 610 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                            • National

                              610 USD/credit
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 610 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                            • In-State

                              610 USD/credit
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 610 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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                            Living costs for Clemson

                            • 1104 - 1930 USD/month
                              Living Costs

                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



                            • The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal student aid gift assistance program available to undergraduates.
                            • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant  is available to full-time, first-time undergraduates who have exceptional financial need.
                            • The South Carolina Need-Based Grant is a program awarded to South Carolina residents demonstrating financial need.


                            • Federal Perkins Undergraduate Loan - Awards are made on the basis of financial need, with priority given to students demonstrating exceptional need.
                            • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan - Students enrolled in graduate programs can apply. Students must enroll at least half-time (five hours) and maintain satisfactory academic progress. 

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