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The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU

To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Please note: Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the Graduate School requirements does not ensure admission into the Family and Consumer Sciences MS program. Applications are accepted any time.

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Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Fill out these applications:

Students must first submit an application with the EIU Graduate School (http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/prospective_admissions.php).

Prospective students will need to submit the following:

1) Letter of Intent – should address the following:

  1. Discuss the integrative and holistic nature of the discipline of family and consumer sciences. Include one or more examples to complement response.
  2. Explain how a degree in family and consumer sciences will assist you in achieving your career goals.

2) Two recent letters of recommendation

  1. At least one recommendation must address your academic performance.
  2. Letters of recommendation should discuss the applicant’s areas of strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
  1. Ability to interact and work effectively with others
  2. Critical thinking skills and ability
  3. Written and oral communication skills with peers and superiors
  4. Professionalism
  5. Work ethic

Materials should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator, Linda Simpson (2050 Klehm Hall or ldsimpson@eiu.edu). Review of applications begins on February 17th for consideration of admission in the summer or fall semesters and September 15th for the spring semester, but applications are accepted any time.

*30 Semester hours and thesis or 32 semester hours without thesis.

  • FCS Core Courses (12 semester hours)
  • FCS 5900 Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences (3); and
  • FCS 5901 Statistical Analysis in Family and Consumer Sciences (3); and
  • FCS 5460 Issues and Trends (3)
  • FCS 5450 Administration and Supervision (3)
  • *Electives approved by student's graduate committee (21-23)

3. Official academic transcripts

Traditional and non-traditional student schedules are accommodated through a variety of formats. Scheduling of classes includes many evening, intensive summer, weekend, off-campus and Internet-delivered courses. http://www.eiu.edu/~adulted/schedule/

Graduate Assistantship Application Packet:

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

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Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!

Frequently asked questions

Is the GRE or MAT required?


Is a thesis required?

No, but encouraged if it matches your professional goals.

How long will it take to complete the degree requirements?

The timing depends on the student's flexibility and availability. Program planning is in consultation with and approval of the assigned academic advisor and committee. The program may potentially be completed in one calendar year consisting of fall, spring and summer.

Where are M.S. in FCS graduates employed?

Our graduates are employed in not-for-profit and private organizations, government agencies, businesses, and educational institutions in direct services, education, research, and administration. http://www.eiu.edu/famscigrad/careers.php.

How can I obtain secondary teacher certification for family and consumer sciences?

If you have completed a bachelor's degree contact the College of Education and Professional Studies at (217) 581-2524 to arrange a transcript evaluation for Illinois state teacher certification requirements.

Are FCS graduate courses appropriate for my teacher re-certification plan?

Yes, if the selected courses fit into the content area identified by the certifying body. Verify specific FCS courses with your credentialing entity.