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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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MS in FCS Applications are accepted any time.

Prospective students must submit the following materials for review prior to an admission decision:

  1. Application with the EIU Graduate School
  2. Application with the School of Family and Consumer Sciences
  3. Letter of Intent that addresses the following:
    • Discuss the integrative and holistic nature of the discipline of family and consumer sciences. Include one or more examples to complement response.
    • Explain how a degree in family and consumer sciences will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  4. Two recent letters of recommendation
    • This link may be used for references to submit letters.
    • Reference letter requirements:
      • At least one recommendation must address your academic performance.
      • Letters of recommendation should discuss the applicant’s areas of strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
        - Ability to interact and work effectively with others
        - Critical thinking skills and ability
        - Written and oral communication skills with peers and superiors
        - Professionalism
        - Work ethic
  5. Vita or Resume
    • Include a current work and educational history in vita or resume format that includes your professional experiences. Include paid, volunteer and community or organization service experiences.

**The Letter of Intent, Recommendation Letters, and Vita/Resume should be submitted to Linda Simpson, Ph.D., MS in FCS Graduate Coordinator at ldsimpson@eiu.edu.

MS in FCS Requirements

30 semester hours with thesis or 32 semester hours without thesis.

Required FCS Core Courses (12 semester hours):

  • FCS 5900 Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
  • FCS 5901 Statistical Analysis in Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
  • FCS 5460 Issues and Trends (3)
  • FCS 5450 Administration and Supervision (3)
*Note: All electives must be approved by MS in FCS Graduate Coordinator

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Apply For a Graduate Assistantship

Thank you so much for your interest in serving as a Graduate Assistant for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences! Graduate Assistantship applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. If that date falls on a weekend, applications are due on the Friday prior. A listing of all FCS Graduate Assistantships can be found here.

For general information about Graduate Assistantships at EIU, please click here.

Application Directions:

  1. Prior to applying for a Graduate Assistantship, an application for admission as a degree seeking candidate must be on file in the Graduate School. All documents submitted for the MS in FCS application will also be reviewed for Graduate Assistantship positions.
  2. Complete online Graduate Assistantship application.
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required using this form.
  4. Personal Goal Statement: This statement should explain your professional, career goals and the relationship of those to your expectations for your graduate program and a graduate assistantship. This statement should specifically indicate the type(s) of assistantship(s) you are seeking and your related qualifications.

Send materials to:

Dr. Linda Simpson, Graduate Coordinator
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston IL, 61920
Email: ldsimpson@eiu.edu

Eligibility requirements include a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a 2.75 (4.0 scale) grade point average, and academic and experiential preparation appropriate and sufficient for the assistantship position sought. Assistantships are awarded only for the time period specified by the contract. An extension or renewal is not implied or guaranteed. Students may reapply to the appropriate department.

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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.