Click here to apply for MSFCS

Master of Science in Family and Consumer Science

Click here to apply for MSFCS

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in family and consumer sciences with options in dietetics and general family and consumer science. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university and 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 general family and consumer science option is based on a selected range of comprehensive courses and is available entirely online. Students may choose an emphasis in child and family studies, food science/nutrition, or remain generalist. Thesis and non-thesis routes are available


The dietetics option incorporates a Dietetic Internship (DI) which offers graduates of didactic programs in dietetics a post baccalaureate, clinically based practicum. The program is available online (except for the dietetic internship rotations in the Dietetics Concentration). 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.

Admission Requirements

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 in the university catalog and one of the following requirements:

Unconditional Admission:
  • Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • Minimum of GRE score of 280
  • Minimum of 1,400 points total from the following formula: 400 times applicant’s cumulative GPA plus GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative)

Conditional Admission:

  • Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • Minimum of GRE score of 280
  • Meet one of the following conditions:
    • Minimum 1,280 points total from the following formula: 400 times applicant’s cumulative GPA plus GRE score (verbal and Quantitative), OR
    • Minimum 1,480 points total from the following formula: 400 times the applicant’s senior year GPA plus GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative), OR
    • Minimum GRE score of 280 (Verbal and Quantitative) if exempted from the university’s minimum GPA requirement.

Unclassified Admission:

Applicants for degree seeking status who meet the minimum GPA requirements for conditional admission but cannot provide a satisfactory official qualifying exam score may be granted unclassified admission. Unclassified students may enroll for one semester only and for a maximum of two graduate courses. They must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Continued enrollment as a degree-seeking student after the initial semester is subject to satisfactory completion of the requirements for conditional or unconditional admission in place when the student desires to re-enroll. If the student cannot satisfy the conditional admission requirements, future enrollment must be in the non-degree category.


Apply online now with GradCAS

For further information contact:
Office of Graduate Studies


Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Lisa LeBleu
(731) 881-7116
340D Gooch Hall


Career Opportunities

See the career opportunities of Family & Consumer Sciences

Learn More >