Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

Format: Online, On Campus
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 5, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 3, 2020

Youth Studies is an emerging multidisciplinary field that spans the humanities, social sciences, the arts and sciences. Integrating theory, research, public policy, and practice, Youth Studies provides an opportunity to deepen students’ understanding of the relationship of youth and society through critical thinking, research and writing.

The Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies, through on campus, online, and hybrid coursework, responds to the needs of those who work in the youth services field and is innovative in its approach to providing a pathway for professional development.

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Career Prospects

Graduates of the Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies are better prepared to engage in meaningful research with youth, as well as design and offer programs that exemplify best practices in youth work. Students learn to develop policy for public education, juvenile justice, social welfare, and medical systems that caters to the needs of youth.

Meet our Faculty

Research Agenda

The CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program has an active research agenda: The Intergenerational Change Initiative. With support from the Mayor's Young Men's Initiative and the Ford Foundation, we have launched a youth participatory action research project aimed at involving young people in shaping the policies and institutions that impact their lives. We currently have a project in partnership with the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) and the Department of Education (DOE.) As a collective, we are exploring the implications of our findings on policies and practices while collaborating with city agency partners to use youth-generated research to inform their work. ICI recently launched a research tool created by and for youth called Amplify that houses our annual Youth ask Youth (YAY) Census.

With generous support from the New York Community Trust, we launched the Immigrant and Refugee Youth Action Fellowship, an intergenerational group of people that work with or have experience being an immigrant or refugee. This group has created a critical participatory action research project related to the “everyday experiences of immigrant and refugee families during the COVID-19 crisis.”

On Campus Class Schedule

Each course meets once a week in the evening from 6:15 to 9:15 pm at our Manhattan campus. Please contact the Academic Director at sarah.zeller-berkman@cuny.edu if you have any questions about the class schedule.

Online and Hybrid Classes

Starting in Fall 2020, we will offer a pathway where students can complete their degree with a combination of fully online and hybrid courses (classes in which students complete most of their coursework online and attend three on campus Saturday classes each semester). This addition to our on campus learning format ensures that youth workers in and outside the NYC metro area have access to our program.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide one letter of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary if an applicant meets most but not all requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 5, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 3, 2020
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Carolina Moquete

Youth Studies

"The most gratifying aspect of my job is having the opportunity to plant seeds of what’s not only possible but realistic for my students to achieve. I get to help students impact their future in a positive way every single day."

Chanira Rojas

MA/Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

"We are a tight-knit group with a passion for providing youth with the tools they need to become empowered individuals that will change their lives and the lives of others."

Amanda Ebokosia

MA in Youth Studies

"My cohort has held a two-year WhatsApp group. It's like having your own cheer squad or support group in your pocket. I've now met colleagues who I consider to be real friends."

Carolina Moquete

Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

"It definitely empowered me to have a certain level of confidence in the work I was doing with young people that I didn’t necessarily have in my first year in the role."

Recent News About Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

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February 14, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) youth studies program hosted a three-part lecture series on youth and community organizing in January 2020. Alumni, community...

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CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program Co-Hosts Conference

January 10, 2020

The CUNY SPS youth studies program co-hosted the third annual State of the Field Conference on Youth Participation alongside the Collaborative for Advancing Youth Development.

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CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program Receives Grant to Support Non-Profits Serving Immigrant and Refugee Youth

October 23, 2019

The CUNY School of Professional Studies is excited to announce that the ...