Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Degree Plans | Courses


Program Description

The graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to provide advanced specialized leadership in various professions, and to further professional competencies for students in dietetics, 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 dietetics, extension, business, industry and education
  3. To prepare promising students for doctoral study

The curriculum is organized to permit advanced study and research in the following areas:

  1. Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising
  2. Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  3. Family Economics and Resource Management
  4. Interior Design
  5. Nutrition and Dietetics

Admissions

Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences must meet the following requirements and submit the documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including the transcript that shows the date the undergraduate degree was conferred
  4. GRE scores
  5. Two letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant's suitability for graduate study
  6. A personal statement
  7. A writing sample of scholarly work, including instructor's grade and/or comments

A holistic review of each student's application file will be completed on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

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 minor, and 6 hours of thesis work. The comprehensive examination must be taken in the major field and in the minor field. 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 in Family and Consumer Sciences coursework, 3 hours of statistics, and 12 hours in an approved minor. The comprehensive examination must be taken in the major field and in the minor field. Students must be enrolled in the University the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exam is administered.


Degree Plans

Plan 1 - MS in Family and Consumer Sciences

Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (6 credit hours)
FACS 5330 Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences Research 3
SOCI 5314 Social Statistics 3
FACS Electives (12 credit hours)
Choose four graduate FACS courses 12
Minor Field (12 credit hours)
Choose four graduate courses from an approved field 12
Thesis (6 credit hours)
FACS 6098 Thesis I 3
FACS 6099 Thesis II 3
Total Credit Hours 36

Plan 2 - MS in Family and Consumer Sciences

Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (Non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (6 credit hours)
FACS 5330 Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences Research 3
SOCI 5314 Social Statistics 3
FACS Electives (18 credit hours)
Choose six graduate FACS courses except thesis courses, 18
Minor Field (12 credit hours)
Choose four graduate courses from an approved field 12
Total Credit Hours 36

Courses

Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS)

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