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Youth Development Master’s Program

​​About the Program

Youth Development is a strengths-based approach to working with young people (ages 3-21) across a variety of formal + informal contexts. The YDEV MA Program at Rhode Island College -- the first program of its kind in New England -- equips students with the knowledge and skills to lead, design, research, and innovate in youth settings. A 30-credit Master’s Degree designed for working professionals, the YDEV MA joins theory with practice, offering students the opportunity to learn from and lead with Rhode Island’s vibrant youth development community.​​

Program Curriculum



YDEV 501  Youth Development Theory and Practice 4
YDEV 502  Youth Development Community Retreat 1
YDEV 520/21  Youth Social Policy and Action 4+1
YDEV 540  Leadership in Youth Development 4
YDEV 560/61 Youth Development Research and Evaluation 4+1
YDEV 590  Directed Study in Youth Development 4
Two graduate-level electives of your choice 6-8​

For additional course information, click HERE​.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application form + a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records. Applicants must have a BA degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • 3 letters of recommendation, from individuals (supervisors, colleagues, or professors) familiar with your academic and professional work.
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Minimum 2-years professional experience in Youth Development OR one year + a BA in Youth Development.
  • Extenuating circumstances statement (if needed). If your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 overall, or you have circumstances about which you wish to provide more information.
  • An in-person interview may be required.

Please download these overview and curriculum​ fliers for additional program information.


Victoria Restler

Dr. Victoria Restler
Youth Development MA Program Director
(401) 456-8503​​​​​​​

Page last updated: October 24, 2019