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Family and Consumer Sciences|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Online Program

The Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) with a Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) focus is designed for professionals currently working in human services fields who would like further education.

Benefits of the Master’s program in FCS with a HDFS focus include:

  • One-on-one advising with a HDFS faculty member
  • Small, personalized, courses taught by HDFS faculty members
  • Courses that connect practice, research and theory through innovative online design
  • Elective courses that allow a student to develop knowledge in an area of interest, facilitating professional and career goals
  • No requirement to come to campus
  • Affordable tuition rates
  • Increased career and/or advancement opportunities

Prepare for careers in research, teaching, direct service and outreach with individuals and families across the lifespan.

Job opportunities for graduates include:

  • Positions with family support and intervention programs such as
    • Social service agencies (e.g., family resource center, family violence centers, health centers, mental health centers, community support programs, volunteer centers, non-profit organizations)
    • Child centers (e.g., before and after school programs, child care centers and preschools)
    • School-based intervention programs
    • Adolescent programs and centers (e.g., juvenile detention
    • centers, group homes, youth programs)
    • Elderly programs
  • Policy analyst
  • Governmental positions with local, state, national, and international agencies such as
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Administration for Children and Families
    • Administration on Aging
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Health
    • Military Services
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Community Development
  • Educator
    • Community colleges
    • Colleges and universities
    • University Extension
  • Higher education administrator (e.g., for admissions, student life, housing)
  • Researcher with a public or private agency or institution
  • Program evaluator


Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours for a Master's degree. 

Required courses

  • Families Across the Lifespan
  • Developmental Contexts Across the Lifespan
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Families and Aging
  • Program Evaluation
  • Ethics in Research and Practice
  • Intro to Research or Action Research
  • HDFS Capstone Experience

Potential electives

  • Families of Young Children with Special Needs
  • Directing Preschool and Day Care Programs
  • Family Decision Making and Resource Management
  • Understanding Community Leadership
  • Family Policy
  • Family Stress and Coping

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