The Master of Sciences (MS) in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) with an option in Apparel Design and Merchandising (ADM) is suitable for aspiring professionals looking for leadership positions in the apparel and textiles industries.
The 33-unit graduate degree program includes 18-units of core curriculum, 12-units of option-specific curriculum, and a 3-unit culminating experience which can be completed in the form of a comprehensive exam, research thesis, or creative project.
There are many opportunities for leadership, networking, and potential lifelong professional relationships abound in the program.
Our graduates have found success in the following careers:
- Director in Fashion Corporations/Production
- Fashion Educators
- Fashion Entrepreneur
- Fahsion Journalist and Public Relations
- Fashion Market Analyst
- Production Manager in Fashion
The following information is new as of September, 2017.
Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences
1. Core courses (18 units):
- FCS 681 Research Methods (3)
- FCS 682 Research Applications (3)
- FCS 685 Decision Making in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
- FCS 686 Current Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
- FCS 429 Family and Consumer Public Policy (3)
- HHD 513: Leadership/Professional Competencies for Health and Human Development Disciplines (3)
2. Apparel Design and Merchandising Option courses (12 units):
- FCS 535 Theories and Applications in Apparel Design and Merchandising (3)
- FCS 555 Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy (3)
- FCS 575 Textile Technology for Apparel Design and Merchandising (3)
- Choose 3 units of Elective:
- FCS 694C Supervised Field Study (3)*
- FCS 696C Directed Graduate Research (3)**
* Students planning to take the comprehensive exam culminating experience are advised to take the FCS 694C elective, which provides opportunities for internships to enhance understanding of professional practice in the field.
** Students planning to take the thesis/project culminating experience are advised to take the FCS 696C elective in the semester prior to enrolling in FCS 698C (thesis/project).
3. Culminating Experience (3 units):
- FCS 697C Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
- FCS 698C Thesis/Project (3)
In consultation with the student’s major graduate advisor, a student may be approved to either complete a master’s thesis/project or take the comprehensive examination.
a. Thesis or Project
- The proposal must be approved by the student’s committee.
- The student will register for FCS 698C. (Apparel Design and Merchandising option students are advised to take the FCS 696C elective in the semester prior to enrolling in FCS 698C)
- The student must successfully defend the thesis or project at an oral exam.
b. Comprehensive Examination
- The student will register for FCS 697C—Directed Comprehensive Studies (3 units).
- Passing coursework for the master’s degree does not guarantee passing the comprehensive examination.
Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 33
How to Apply
For information regarding the application process, please visit Graduate Admission in FCS.
For course enrollment in the second or subsequent semester, please contact your academic advisor (committee chair) in your area of study. If you are new to the graduate program or need assistance to identify your academic advisor, please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Yi 'Tom' Cai.
FCS Program learning outcomes
In an effort to support the well-being of individuals, families and communities through their professional area 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.
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Sequoia Hall 141
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8308
Updated September 18, 2018