Youth Development Admissions Requirements

General Application Requirements

Return Application Materials to:

By fax: 215-848-2651
By email:
By mail:
    Eastern University
    Graduate Admissions
    1300 Eagle Rd     
    St. Davids, PA 19087-3696

Additional Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in a social science is preferred
  • A minimum of one year volunteer or work experience in youth work (social services, ministry, activism)

Essay Requirements (writing sample)

  • Signed and dated (printed name and date is acceptable if submitted electronically);
  • Minimum 1000 words total for all four questions
  • Email all questions in a single Word document or PDF to

The following are the questions for your essay:

  • Discuss your faith experience and spiritual development.
  • Discuss how Eastern University's MA in Urban Studies (Youth Development Concentration) will relate to your professional goals.
  • Describe your leadership role in a significant professional or organizational accomplishment.

Answer ONE of the following questions:

  • During the teaching of an after-school arts program you discover that a teenage young man has voluntarily left his home because of abuse, neglect and drug addiction of their single parent. He is now living with friends and sometimes on the street. How would you become involved or not, in this situation?
  • Describe a youth who has had significant influence on you, and describe that influence.