Online Graduate Programs for Professional Careers

We are glad you are here! We are excited that you are considering continuing or enriching your education through our online masters or graduate certificate programs.

This website will provide you information about the program you are considering, contact information for the program representative for help with questions and next steps, and what you can expect in terms of cost, coursework, and career outcomes. 

Master’s and Certificate Options in Human Development and Family Science

Family Financial Planning


Youth Development

Why NDSU should be your home university

Being a Bison is great! All of the faculty are helpful and care for each student and their success. Completing your degree or certificate online allows you to work with your NDSU advisor to plan a schedule that works for you and your busy life while advancing your knowledge and career. We love our students and work with you and support you to reach your goals and accomplish things you didn't even know were possible.

Visit with us.
Learn more about NDSU, GPIDEA, the program, how to apply, what to expect, and how to find funding by visiting with our faculty. We love visiting with students - this is a big decision and we are here to help, every step of the way!

The faculty contact for the Youth Development online programs is: Dr. Joel Hektner | 701-231-8269 |

The faculty contact for the Gerontology online programs is: Dr. Melissa O'Connor | 701-231-8688|

The faculty contact for the Family Financial Planning online programs is: Dr. Jim Deal | 701-231-7568 |

About Great Plains IDEA

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is a consortium of distinguished, accredited universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength in faculty and curriculum to the multi-institution program. Students choose a home university where they apply, are admitted, register for courses, and receive their degree. Online courses are taught by the best faculty in each discipline from several universities. Students pay one common price per credit hour regardless of which university is their degree-granting institution.

How Great Plains IDEA works.

Visit with the campus coordinator

NDSU's Great Plains IDEA campus coordinator is Stacy Duffield. Along with the program representatives listed above, Stacy can help answer your GPIDEA questions from registration to finances. Contact Stacy at  (701)

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