Degree Details

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Global Youth Development

M.A. Global Youth Development

Requirements: 34-36 credits involving two full academic semesters averaging 16 credits of course work plus independent study, and a year or more internship in an applied setting.

An orientation will be held specifically for the GYD program about 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the academic year in August. 

Program requirements:

Masters Degree in GYD includes one year of full-time instruction at the University of Montana, a significant period of time engaging in faculty-approved internship work, and a final portfolio, professional project, or thesis.  All internships will typically be 1-2 years in length and must involve working with cultures other than one’s own.  Finding and arranging this internship is the student’s responsibility. 
Students are expected to emerge from the program with the following background and skills:

  • important interculturally informed helping skills for working with children, youth, families, and communities in cultures other than their own;
  • a solid background in issues, concerns, and critiques regarding assistance and interventions across cultures, both historically and currently;
  • participation in a significant field experience, working with an established helping agency in another culture or country.

This exciting cross-disciplinary degree program is based on a cohort learning model, and acceptance into the program is competitive.  GRE scores, previous academic performance, personal statement, professional and academic background, and letters of reference are all given serious consideration in the selection process.

Curriculum: Students accepted into the Global Youth Development Master's degree will have the following core requirements:

Fall Term

12-18 credits as follows:

  • 3 credits, Multicultural Counseling
  • 3 credits, Counseling Theories in Context
  • 3 credits, Lifespan Development Counseling
  • 3 credits, Critical Issues in Helping
  • 2-6 credits, Elective or independent study course work covering the religious, economic, social and cultural history of the region of the globe which the student has targeted for internship

Spring Term

12-18 credits as follows:

  • 3 credits, Applied intercultural skills (conflict resolution)
  • 9-15 credits, Elective or independent study course work covering the religious, economic, social and cultural history of the region of the globe which the student has targeted for internship.

Elective courses may be selected from the following academic areas, or others with approval from the faculty advisor. Students should identify electives which fit their particular areas of interest and concern.

Second Year/Third Year

  • Intercultural Internship
    • Length and credits will depend on agency and placement site.
    • This requirement can be satisfied by Peace Corps service (27 months).
  • Portfolio, Professional Project, or Thesis
    • This requirement must be completed prior to graduation, but may be done either prior to or in connection with the Intercultural Internship.