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Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences!

This page is intended to acquaint you with our graduate education programs in Family and Consumer Sciences. Here is where we can help you commit to your  decision to apply to our graduate program. The guidelines here explain current policies and specific requirements and provide a suggested timeline to help keep you on track. Please read this page carefully as you plan your application.

The M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences degree program offers emphases in 3 areas:

The Design, Merchandising and Textiles (DMT) graduate program emphasizes the study of historic clothing and textiles, merchandising of textile and apparel products, and various aspects of apparel design, including both artistic and functional design options. 

The Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) graduate program emphasis is designed for professionals currently working in human services fields who would like further education. 

The Human Nutrition and Food Science (HNFS) graduate program emphasis allows students to pursue studies in areas such as human nutrition and metabolism, food product development, community nutrition, food microbiology, sports nutrition, and disease prevention. 

Family and Consumer Sciences also partners with the Department of Animal Science to offer a joint Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences does not offer a Doctoral program, but shares two interdisciplinary programs at the University of Wyoming: in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience.




Treva Sprout Arenholtz teaching some of our Family and Consumer Sciences fully-funded Graduate Assistants in the Masters program



Application Information

Application packets for Fall 2024 entry are due no later than March 1. Applications may be considered throughout the year if space in a program area is available.

Applicants may also be considered for a graduate assistantship if selected by our program--selection for department-funded assistantships is highly competitive. Faculty in each program area review the applications for their program area, and while it is NOT REQUIRED to identify a particular faculty member upon the application process, priority consideration is given to applicants who meet or exceed admission requirements and possess research interests that parallel those of the faculty. 

Applicants will also be evaluated based on their fit with the identified faculty member and whether the identified faculty member is currently accepting graduate students.


a circle representing the three emphases of the family and consumer sciences masters degree program @ UW

Admission requirements include:


All Students 

  • A bachelor’s degree based on a four-year curriculum from an institution accredited by one of the regional associations of the Commission on Institution of Higher Education or equivalent.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the previous degree.


To apply please complete the Online Application and submit the following:

  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended are required; official transcripts will be required by the Office of Admissions if you are recommended to admissions with a Departmental Approval into the program.
  • Names and contact information for at least 3 people who will provide letters of recommendation about your preparedness and/or qualifications for the desired graduate degree program
  • A statement of intent that includes:
    • Why you are seeking this degree
    • Your specific research interests
    • How your educational, research, work, and/or other experiences have shaped your educational and research interests
    • The faculty member(s) you are interested in working with and how your research interests and experiences fit with that mentor
  • A brief resume or curriculum vitae
  • International applicants must provide:

Please note that we cannot grant Application Fee waivers.



The majority of accepted students’ coursework will be in their designated discipline and related areas. All master’s degree options require a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework. Each student’s appointed committee will assist in formulating a plan of study within these program requirements. The objective of our graduate programs is to prepare students to:

  • Be competent in the content studied
  • Be competent in oral and written communications
  • Be an independent and reflective learner
  • Integrate theory, research, and practice
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Reach out to us!

Family and Consumer Sciences
1000 E. University Ave, Dept. 3354
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-4145

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