Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

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The Graduate Program in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is designed to provide advanced, specialized leadership in various professions, and to further professional competencies for students in extension, business, industry and education.

The graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to accomplish the following basic purposes:

  1. To develop leadership for family and consumer sciences professions
  2. To extend competencies for family and consumer sciences specialists in extension, business, industry and education.
  3. To prepare promising students for doctoral study.

The Master of Sciences (MS) in Family and Consumer Sciences is an online, 36-hour program that offers two degree plan options:

Master of Science, Plan I
This plan requires the completion of a thesis. Students complete 15 hours of Family and Consumer Sciences coursework, 3 hours of statistics, 12 hours in an approved specialization area, and 6 hours of thesis work. The comprehensive examination must be taken in the major field and the areas of specialized study. Students must be enrolled in the University the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exam is administered.

Master of Science, Plan II
In this non-thesis plan, students complete 21 hours of Family and Consumer Sciences coursework, 3 hours of statistics, and 12 hours in an approved specialization area. The comprehensive examination must be taken in the major field and in the areas of specialized study. Students must be enrolled in the University the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exam is administered.

The MS in Family and Consumer Sciences is an on-line program.

Suggested areas of specialization include health/fitness, business administration, counselor education, and curriculum and instruction.