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Graduate Major in Human Services and Consumer Sciences

A Master of Science degree is offered in Human Services and Consumer Sciences with concentration in either of three areas:
  • Child Development
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Human Services and Consumer Sciences Comprehensive
Students entering the Graduate Program must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School. In addition, HSCS graduate students may select one of two program options, Plan A or Plan B.
  • Plan A-Master of Science-Thirty (30) semester credits and an acceptable thesis.
  • Plan B-Master of Science-Thirty-six (36) semester credits and an acceptable research project or mini-thesis.
 

Admission Requirements

Admission status (conditional or non-conditional state) to any of the graduate degree tracks in the HSCS Department is dependent upon one’s meeting the general Graduate School admission requirements and having the requisite undergraduate courses that provide the necessary background for success in the selected HSCS discipline track. Students admitted to the HSCS graduate program are expected to follow a degree plan (specific to their chosen specialization focus) developed in collaboration with a department graduate advisor. HSCS graduate students entering the graduate program during the fall semester must register for HSCS 510 and English 501 (if the GRE verbal score is less than 3.5) and/or a specialization course. Those entering during the spring semester are advised to enroll in English 501 (if their GRE verbal score is less than 3.5) and a specialization course and enroll in HSCS 510 during the fall semester.
 

Degree Plan

PLAN A. Master of Science (Thesis)
This plan is designed to provide instruction to prospective and in-service teachers, practitioners, professional career students and others who wish to supplement their undergraduate education and expand their research capabilities in Human Services and Consumer Sciences through additional study at the graduate level. Students desirous of pursuing an advanced degree beyond the master’s level are especially encouraged to consider this plan.
General Requirements: A minimum of thirty (30) semester credit hours and an acceptable thesis.
 
Core Courses (Required) 15SCH
HSCS 510 (3); HSCS 512 (3) HSCS 534 (3)HSCS 760; (3) HSCS 762 (3)  
Major Course (Required or as advised) 12SCH
Specialization 500 level; Specialization 600 level
  • At least twelve semester credit hours in one of the following fields:
    - Child and Family Development
    - Human Services and Consumer Sciences
    - Foods and Nutrition
  • Human Services and Consumer Sciences majors must complete at least six (6) semester credits in each of two (2) fields
  • One 400* level course may be substituted for three (3) semester credit hours of graduate credit in this block
 
Electives or Cognates 3 SCH
Total 30SCH
 
 
PLAN B. Master of Science (Non-thesis)
This plan is designed to provide instructional enhancement to meet the needs of prospective and in-service teachers, practitioners, professionals, career students and others who wish to supplement their undergraduate education in human services and consumer sciences. It provides a non-thesis option.
General Requirements: A minimum of thirty-six (36) semester credit hours and professional paper (mini-thesis) or research project.
 
Core Courses (Required) 15SCH
HSCS 510(3); HSCS 511 or HSCS 512(3);HSCS 534(3); HSCS 760(3); one other optional HSCS 500 or 600 level course(3)  
Major Courses (Required or as advised) 15SCH
Specialization 500 level; Specialization 600 level
  • At least fifteen (15) semester credit hours in one of the following fields:
    - Child and Family Development
    - Human Services and Consumer Sciences
    - Foods and Nutrition
  • Human Services and Consumer Sciences majors must complete at least six semester credit hours in two (2) HSCS specialization fields.
  • One 400* course may be substituted for three (3) semester credit hours of graduate credits in specialization block.
 
Electives or Cognates 6 SCH
Total 36SCH
 

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