Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
Family and Consumer Sciences
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers the Master of Family and Consumer Sciences (M.F.C.S.) degree with a specialization in either human development and family studies (HDFS) or food and nutrition (F&N). The program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completion of the GRE verbal and quantitative tests.
The HDFS graduate program emphasizes the development of collaborations to serve the needs of children and families. All HDFS students study child and family policy, family studies, either child or human development, and collaborative partnerships. Students then build a specific focus of study based on professional interest (e.g., child development, sexuality, family studies, early childhood education).
The Food and Nutrition (F&N) graduate program focuses on two areas: human nutrition sciences; and applied dietetics. The latter program focus is the Dietetic Internship/master’s degree program that is currently granted developmental accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association. Students will be admitted into the Food and Nutrition Dietetic Internship/master’s degree program only in the fall of each year. Applications for this program are reviewed starting February 15 of the year in which students wish to enter the program.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
A bachelor's degree related to one of the two major fields of specialization or in a related professional area, such as social sciences, dietetics, or biological sciences, is the preferred foundation for graduate work. Additional course work may be required as a condition of admission should there exist deficiencies in undergraduate course work.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in Family and Consumer Sciences should follow the instructions outlined in the "Graduate Admission" section of this catalog.
Master of Family and Consumer Sciences
The M.F.C.S. degree requires a minimum of 37 semester hours, including three hours each of statistics and research methodology, and six hours of thesis.
Plan I: Candidates under Plan I must complete a formal thesis and pass an oral examination on the thesis. Topics are selected early in the program with advisement from a thesis committee of three graduate faculty members.