Graduate Program

Graduate Programs of Study

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a master of science degree in family and consumer sciences. This degree is open to a person holding a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university, regardless of the degree. The student must have satisfactorily completed prerequisites to advanced courses in the selected areas in family and consumer sciences. Graduates of curricula other than family and consumer sciences may have acquired sufficient backgrounds in related courses and may be accepted. Each applicant's request for admission will be evaluated for the need for undergraduate prerequisites. The master's degree in family and consumer sciences offers two option: general family and consumer sciences and dietetics. The first option is generalist in nature and based on a selected range of comprehensive courses. Students under this option may choose an emphasis in child and family studies or food science/nutrition or remain generalist. The dietetics option incorporates a Dietetic Internship (DI) which offers graduates of didactic programs in dietetics a post baccalaureate , clinically based practicum. For either option, students may select the thesis or non-thesis route.

The objectives of the Master's Program in Family and Consumer Sciences are to:

  • Serve the needs of students within the region and within the state who desire advanced subject matter for personal and professional reasons.
  • Provide an alternative program to highly specialized curricula available at other institutions in the state.
  • Provide courses which permit students to form integrated concepts from distinct subject matter areas available in the department.
  • Meet needs of students who require considerable non-traditional scheduling and flexible time frames to complete their degrees.
  • Maintain high standards of expectation for quality and service to the students, the institutions, and the region.

Graduate Assistantships

Admission to the master's program is determined primarily on the basis of the applicant's undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) and score attained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants for unconditional or conditional admission must meet the university requirements listed university catalog and one of the following requirements:

Admission Requirements

Approximately 12 graduate assistantships are available in the area of child and family studies to qualified students. Inquiries about these should be directed to the graduate coordinator. Assistantships carry a fixed stipend for 12 months, and provide a waiver of all tuition charges, including out-of-state fees.

Unconditional Admission:

  • A minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • A minimum of GRE score of 650
  • And at least one of the following:
    • A minimum of 1,850 points from: 400 X applicant's cumulative GPA + GRE (verbal & quantitative)
    • A minimum of 1,950 points from: 400 X applicant's upper division GPA + GRE (verbal & quantitative)

Conditional Admission:

  • Either a minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA or a minimum upper div. GPA of 3.00
  • A minimum GRE score of 650
  • And at least one of the following:
    • A minimum of 1,650 points from: 400 X applicant's cumulative GPA + GRE (verbal and quantitative)
    • OR

    • A minimum of 1,750 points from: 400 X applicant's upper division GPA + GRE (verbal & quantitative)


Applicants who have not taken the required qualifying examination should consult the section on non-degree admission in the university catalog.


To apply for admission, submit or forward the following documentation to the of Office of Graduate Studies.

Completed application and fee (applications The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences may be obtained from the address below).

Official GRE Scores (General Test).

Two official transcripts from all colleges attended.If applicable, your of official TOEFL score.

For further information contact:
Office of Graduate Studies
UT Martin
Martin, TN 38238

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Tennessee at Martin
340 Gooch Hall
Martin, TN 38238
Phone 731.881.7100
Chair: Dr. Sue Byrd


Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Lisa LeBleu
340D Gooch Hall
Phone 731.881.7116

Option 1: General Family and Consumer Sciences (30 semester hours): 12 Hours

Family and Consumer Sciences Courses

(selected in one or two areas of FCS)

Research-related courses

  • FCS 791, research methods: 3 Hours
  • Ed Eval 710, Educational Statistics or equivalent Supporting courses: 3 Hours
  • Courses selected according to student's objective and approval of student's graduate committee. Thesis Research/Family and Consumer Sciences Electives: 6 Hours
  • Topic chosen must relate to an area in family and consumer sciences

A minimum of 70% of the degree requirements must be taken at 700 level.

Option 2: Dietetics (36 semester hours)

Family and Consumer Sciences Courses: 6 Hours

  • Food Systems Management/Food Science: 6 Hours
  • Nutrition Research related courses: 3 Hours
  • FCS 791, Research Methods: 3 Hours
  • Ed Eval 710, educational statistics or equivalent Supporting courses: 12 Hours
  • Supervised Practice Component (admission to DI is required):
  • Food Systems Management 714
  • Nutrition 724, 734
  • Food Systems Management 744 and/or Nutrition 754 Thesis Research or Electives : 6 Hours
  • must be related to dietetics

A minimum of 70 % of the degree requirements must be taken at the 700 level.


Student choosing the non-thesis route must write and pass a narrative comprehensive exam covering major areas studied. Questions will be submitted by members of student's graduate committee. A final oral examination may be required by graduate committee.


Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a post-baccalaureate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Interns receive 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical nutrition, food systems management and community nutrition with a concentration in nutrition therapy.

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