Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

Format: On Campus

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 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 design and offer programs that exemplify best practices in youth work, to engage in meaningful research with youth, and to develop youth policy that caters to the needs of youth, communities and families in the public education, juvenile justice, social welfare, and medical systems. 

Scholarship Opportunities

The Youth Studies Scholarship provides financial and career support to workers in the human services field pursuing the Advanced Certificate or Master's Degree in Youth Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Selection criteria include: admission to the Advanced Certificate or Master's Degree in Youth Studies; prior or current employment in the youth-serving field or graduation from an undergraduate youth related degree; an overall GPA of 3.0; successful academic progression; and registration for at least 6 credits each funded semester. Award amounts may vary based on financial need, but will not exceed $1,275 each semester.

Applicants to the program can apply for the scholarship via the AwardSpring prospective student page at which time a prompt will be given to create login credentials. Current students can apply for the scholarship using their CUNY SPS username and password to login to the application system.

Meet our Faculty

Research Agenda

The CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program has an active research agenda, 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) to collect data from youth around the city about their experiences with those city agencies. As a collective we are exploring the implications of our findings on policies and practice and collaborating with city agency partners to use youth-generated research to inform their work.

Course Schedule

Spring 2018


  • Youth Development (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • Historical Perspectives on Adolescence (6:15-9:15pm)


  • Historical Perspectives on Adolescence (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • Youth Development (6:15-9:15pm)

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. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an individual interview before final acceptance is determined.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2018 are due by June 4, 2018

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Recent News About Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies Launches Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies

May 25, 2016

The number of youth development programs throughout the country has grown exponentially as a result of the demand to focus greater attention on the needs of individuals ages 12 to 24.