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Master's in Family and Consumer Sciences

Department of Family & 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.


Student working with youth in a garden

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

Alyssa McElwain

Bernard Steinman

Christine Wade

Contact Us

Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Wyoming

Department #3354

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4145


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