The New YSU! College of Graduate Studies: On to Next 50 years

By Dr. Salvatore Sanders, dean of YSU’s College of Graduate Studies.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The College of Graduate Studies at Youngstown State University is celebrating 50 years of inquiry, discovery and innovation. It is through the efforts of excellent students, faculty and graduates that knowledge creation and scholarly achievement have continued over time.

As part of this milestone celebration Dr. Victoria E. Kress, Dr. David E. Stout, Mr. Kyle Spainhower, Dr. Landon Brown, Dr. Kyle Myers, Ms. Bridgid Cassin and Dr. David Griswold were recognized for their scholarly and creative contributions to their disciplines and to the College of Graduate Studies.

In partnership with the university’s academic colleges, the College of Graduate Studies offers more than 50 graduate level programs developed to allow qualified applicants the opportunity to meet their educational and career goals.

Graduate school faculty work with qualified students to provide the best opportunities for exemplary education, research and creative experiences allowing students to take their education to the next level whether that be a graduate certificate, master’s or doctoral degree program.

Ashley Leonelli recently joined our team as the coordinator of graduate admissions. Leonelli is enhancing the social media presence of the graduate college and promoting our programs. A few of the programs currently being highlighted follow. For information about these and other graduate programs at YSU, contact her at

The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program is now accepting applications from students who wish to begin study in the fall semester of 2019. This program meets the Behavior Analysis Certification Board task list for coursework and practicum experience. YSU’s program is a “verified course sequence” by the certification board. Qualifying graduates sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam, become “BCBAs” and qualify to become Certified Ohio Behavior Analysts.

The Master of Business Administration program is designed to elevate each student’s capabilities as a leader, decision maker, manager and strategic thinker. The 40-credit hour program can be completed in under two years by attending courses that meet weekly over eight weeks. This program is available in a completely online form as well.

The Master of Health and Human Services is offered completely online and accommodates students from health and human services professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions, or who desire competence in health promotion. Students may concentrate in health promotion, health care administration or health informatics for health and human service professions.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science degree program emphasizes a risk-based approach to the solving of environmental problems and the knowledge needed to be employed in key positions including supervisory roles.

The Master of Arts in Gerontology program is designed from an interdisciplinary perspective of gerontology with a focus on epidemiology and health. This program provides students with advanced education in issues facing older adults for the purpose of preparing them for advancement in the field of gerontology.

Graduate students and faculty are engaged in scholarly and creative activity every day at YSU.

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