Family and Consumer Sciences

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Students may develop an individualized graduate program with approved selection of courses in family services, financial literacy, and merchandising and textiles. Applicants who have not completed a baccalaureate family and consumer sciences program will be expected to satisfy undergraduate deficiency course requirements in addition to their graduate course requirements. Potential undergraduate deficiency courses are FCS 1800 Life Span Human Development, FCS 2100 Personal Nutrition, and FCS 3300 Personal and Family Finance or their approved equivalencies. The graduate coordinator and graduate admissions committee will identify any undergraduate deficits at the time the admission decision is made.

Hours Required

30 (thesis option), 32 (non-thesis option)

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

Research Opportunities

MS in FCS graduate students are required to either write a thesis, complete an internship in the discipline or complete an independent study with a faculty mentor. Research opportunities are varied and based on the educational goals of the graduate degree candidate.

Student Professional Organizations

Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Graduate Student Advisory Council

Professional Development Opportunities

Attendance at several state conferences, such as the Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Illinois Council on Family Relations, is strongly promoted.

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

LIFE Center, MS in FCS General, Textile Laboratory, Child Development Laboratory

Scholarship Listing

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2016 Distinguished Graduate Student
Betty Wright Downing Award
Carolyn Kluesner Modglin Memorial Scholarship
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship
Dr. Harold M. & Alice D. Cavins Scholarship
Dwight & Bette (Leckrone) Baptist Scholarship
Eileen F. Hubbard Scholarship
EIU FCS Elderhostel Scholarship
EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
FCS Graduate Scholarship
Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars
Joyce S. Crouse Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity College Award of Excellence
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences International Merit Award
McNabb-Dow Graduate Scholarship
Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
Ozier Child & Family Award
Rory and Gail Heltsley Steidl Scholarship
Schmalhausen Family Scholarship
The EIU College Thesis Award of Excellence
The Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants
Williams Travel Grants

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Faculty Listing

Family and Consumer Sciences, Klehm Hall 2425
Contact Name: Dr. Linda Simpson, Graduate Coordinator
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