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Human Development & Family Studies Concentration, M.S. Family & Consumer Sciences

The Human Development & Family Sciences (HDFS) concentration prepares students to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the study of a variety of topics, including: human growth and development across the lifespan, principles of leadership and supervision, changing family structures, program evaluation techniques, and curriculum and program planning. The concentration requires 36 graduate credits and offers a thesis and non-thesis (internship) option.


Professional Core (12 hours) 

FCSG 5200 – Research Techniques (3 hours)
FCSG 5300 – Curriculum & Program Planning (3 hours)
FCSG 5700 – Program Evaluation Techniques (3 hours)
Graduate-level Statistics Course (e.g., EDGR 5910) (3 hours)

HDFS Concentration Courses (15 hours)

FCSG 5150 – Principles of Leadership & Supervision (3 hours)
FCSG 5400 – Child & Family Studies (3 hours)
FCSG 5430 – Human Growth & Development (3 hours)
FCSG 5500 – Div. & Transition in Family Structures (3 hours)
FCSG 5820 – Adult Years & Aging (3 hours)

Cognate/Electives (6 hours)

Students are required to take 6 hours of graduate-level elective courses, which can be in FCSG or other graduate departments, such as Counselor Education.

Thesis Option or Non-Thesis Option (3 hours)

FCSG 5900 – Thesis (3 hours)
FCSG 5830 – Special Problems: Internship (3 hours; requires 420 contact hours)

Total Credit Hours in HDFS Concentration = 36 hours

Exit Requirements for M.S. Family & Consumer Science, HDFS Concentration

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required
  2. Successful completion of at least 36 credits is required
  3. Successful completion of a written Comprehensive Examination is required
  4. Successful completion of either a three-credit hour thesis or a three-credit hour internship, including passing an oral examination.
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