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Master of Science (MS) in Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Plan A: Thesis required

What is the Degree about?

FCHD specializations are studied in the context of current issues affecting individuals and families. Master’s level graduates qualify for careers in teaching, extension, administration, prevention and intervention programs, financial counseling, and agencies serving consumers, individuals, families, and children. Recipients of FCHD MS degree may also qualify for careers involving research. MS graduates with the Marriage and Family Therapy specialty qualify for careers in therapy.

Degree Requirements

All students earning an MS degree, as part of the 30 (33 for MFHD) credit minimum requirement [MFT and MMFT students are required to complete additional coursework], must complete the following coursework:

  • general core consisting of 21 semester credits (18 for the MFHD), and
  • 9 semester credits in their specialization (15 for the MFHD), including elective coursework; see Table 1, p.22 in Graduate Student Handbook).

The core requirement includes foundation courses in family relations and human development, two research methods courses, a statistics course, and thesis. Courses are to be chosen by the student in consultation with the major professor and approved by the supervisory committee prior to enrollment.

Master’s students have six years to complete all degree requirements (from the time of matriculation). Coursework older than eight years must be repeated. Out-of-date coursework will not be revalidated.

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