Graduate Programs in FCS

The Master of Science degree programs in Family & Consumer Sciences provide a specialized focus to the student's selected of which area of academic emphasis within the department.

Deadlines for submission of applications for M.S., Fall 2014:

  • Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science:  Mar. 1, Fall 2014
  • Interior Design, Apparel Design and Merchandising, Consumer Affairs and Family Studies:  May 30, 2014

Deadlines for submission of applications for M.S. Spring 2015:

  • Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science:  October 1, 2014
  • Interior Design, Apparel Design and Merchandising, Consumer Affairs and Family Studies:  November 1, 2014


Click on the program to see the course requirements for the Master Degree.

Apparel Design & Merchandising

Consumer Affairs

Family Studies

Interior Design

Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science

Grade Point Average and Course Requirements for Entry:

A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 is required for admission to the department as a "conditionally classified" graduate student. Students who have earned a bachelor's in a different area of study, will likely need to take some background courses and/or complete essential prerequisites.

It is possible to do this as a conditionally classified graduate student, as the university will allow students to earn up to twelve units toward the masters' degree before becoming fully classified.

For the Nutrition and Food Science program ONLY, an official report of GRE scores is required with the application (starting with applications for admissions for Spring 15). For the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science program ONLY, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are also required:

·         Submit three letters of recommendation, at least one of the letters must be from an instructor in the student’s undergraduate program, preferably in a science based discipline. Letters should be addressed to the Graduate Coordinator of the program.

·         A statement of purpose (SOP) stating the reasons why the applicant is interested in the M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science in 1000 words or less. The statement should also indicate which graduate pathway the student is interested in: M.S. in Nutrition and/or Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), or M.S. with an emphasis in Food Science. It can also include a description of any previous professional experience and any particular experiences and/or coursework that qualify the applicant for graduate work.

Applicants are responsible for collecting all application materials (i.e. letters of recommendation and SOP) in one packet to be submitted to the department for review by the application deadline. Applicants who do not provide all materials in one packet by the NDFS deadline will not be considered for admittance

Applicants denied admittance based on academic or program capacity who is applying for future application term must resubmit all new materials. No materials submitted from prior terms will be kept for further terms. This also includes student applicants who choose not to be admitted for term they applied for.

The letters of recommendation and statement of purpose in one packet should be mailed to:

Dr. Hira Cho
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Family Consumer Sciences
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge CA, 91330-8308

Your letter of acceptance to the program will include instructions about meeting prerequisite requirements or setting up an appointment with an advisor for further information.

Elements Required for "Fully Classified" status:

  • A grade point average of 2.5 plus adequate performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a GPA minimum of 3.0.
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with selected approved upper division courses in Family & Consumer Sciences or the equivalent.
  • The satisfaction of any other University requirements for classified status.
  • Formal approval by the department based upon the total record of the student.

Requirements for degree completion:

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 units of approved graduate work composed of the following:

Required courses:

  • FCS 681 Research Methods (3)
  • FCS 682 Research Applications (3) and
  • At least 24 additional units of approved graduate courses. (12 units of these may be at the 400 level)

Also required:

  • Thesis: FCS 698 (1-3) or
    Project: FCS 698 (1-3) or
    Comprehensive Examination: FCS 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (No Credit) (Grade of "B" or better required on examination)

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