What will I learn?

The graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences leads to a Master of Science degree with an option in either Apparel Design and Merchandising or Consumer Affairs and Family Studies. The program is designed to educate students to synthesize and apply pertinent information, theories, literature and arguments toward designing evidence-based solutions within their professional areas of interest in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS).

The 33-unit graduate degree program includes 18 units of core curriculum about research, leadership and salient aspects of the overarching field of FCS. Students in either option complete 12 units of option-specific curriculum focusing on professional and research competencies in respective fields, through courses that span across theory, practice and application. A 3-unit culminating experience can be completed in the form of a comprehensive exam, research thesis or creative project.

Student Learning Outcomes

In an effort to support the well-being of individuals, families and communities through their professional areas of interest in FCS, students will be able to:

  • Apply the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Code of Ethics in scholarship as FCS professionals.
  • Demonstrate ongoing synthesis and application of relevant literature, current trends and emerging issues within their professional area of interest within FCS.
  • Design a research study/creative project investigating topics within their professional area of interest, including diverse populations.
  • Apply sound evidence-based practices and applications within their professional area of interest in FCS.


  • Apparel Design and Merchandising
  • Consumer Affairs and Family Studies

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$8,472.00 per year
Tuition and fees: USD $4,236 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 January 2022, 24 August 2022


College of Health and Human Development

Sequioa Hall Room 220,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a post-secondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

For international students

For admission as a classified graduate student, the following requirements must be satisfied:

Hold a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from an officially accredited university or college in Family and Consumer Sciences, the option to which the student is applying, or a related field.

Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater for courses taken in the bachelor’s degree. Applicants with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA who can demonstrate evidence of academic acumen may submit their application for consideration.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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