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 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. 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 595: Leadership/Professional Competencies for Health and Human Development Disciplines (3)
2. Option courses (12 units):
Option A – Apparel Design and Merchandising (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).
Option B –Consumer Affairs and Family Studies (12 units)
- FCS 623 Family Financial Issues (3)
- FCS 542 Theories of Family Development (3)
- FCS 640 Family Strengths (3)
- Choose 3 units of Elective:
- FCS 690D Family Management (3)
- FCS 690J Family Relations (3)
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.
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, 2017