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Family and Consumer Sciences|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Master's in Family and Consumer Sciences
Human Development & Family Sciences Emphasis


The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences offers an on-campus program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, including a specialization in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS). The HDFS program provides a strong foundation in human development and family sciences while also allowing for personalized electives, experiences, and theses. We ground our graduate level education in preparing students to work with and study individuals and families within dynamic contexts across the lifespan. Our program develops students’ abilities to reason critically and ethically, understand integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and be self- and culturally- reflective.

Required Coursework

FCSC 5103: Graduate Seminar 2 cr/hrs
FCSC 5101: Seminar: Families Across the Lifespan 3 cr/hrs
FCSC 5121: Ethics in Research and Practice 3 cr/hrs
FCSC 5122: Developmental Contexts 3 cr/hrs
Research Methods (e.g., EDRE 5530) 3 cr/hrs
Quantitative/Qualitative Methods (e.g., EDRE 5600 or STAT 5050) 3 cr/hrs
Thesis or Project Research 4-6 cr/hrs
Electives, determined with your advisor/committee 6-9 cr/hrs









    Examples of elective courses include but are not limited to:
      FCSC 4124: Families of Young Children with Special Needs
      FCSC 4127: Direction Preschool and Day Care Programs
      FCSC 4139: Professional Practice Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences
      FCSC 5112: Family Decision Making & Resource Management
      FCSC 5113: Consumer Issues
      FCSC 5117: Understanding Community Leadership
      FCSC 5118: Family Policy
      FCSC 5138: Family Stress and Coping
      FCSC 5101: Program Evaluation
      FCSC 5990: Internship

No more than 9 hours of 4000 level courses are allowed.

Total Credit Hours.........................................................30 hour minimum

*1 credit FCSC 5103 and FCSC 5104 annually for a maximum of 2 credit hours.

Approved by HDFS Program Unit April, 2012

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