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FCS Master of Science Program

Master of Science
Family & Consumer Sciences

Master of Science in FCS Brochure

MS in FCS Thesis Guide
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Graduate Internship
Paperwork for a fall graduate internship must be submitted by Spring Break of the previous spring semester.

Paperwork for a spring graduate internship must be submitted by Thanksgiving Break of the previous fall semester.

Graduate Independent Study
Paperwork for a fall graduate independent study must be submitted by Spring Break of the previous spring semester.

Paperwork for a spring graduate independent study must be submitted by Thanksgiving Break of the previous fall semester.

Graduate Thesis
Paperwork for a fall graduate thesis must be submitted by Spring Break of the previous spring semester.

Paperwork for a spring graduate thesis must be submitted by Thanksgiving Break of the previous fall semester.

Official Core Course Documents (For students starting the program in Fall 2010 or later)
About our Program

Graduate Coordinator's invitation and information about the MS Family & Consumer Sciences is available.

Students may develop an individualized graduate program with approved selection of courses in family services, consumer studies, textiles and nutrition. 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 Nutrition in a Global Society and FCS 3300 Consumer Education or their approved equivalencies. The graduate coordinator and graduate admissions committee will identify any undergraduate deficits at the time the admission decision is made.

If you are interested in the Dietetics Internship (DI) please visit the web site:
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Family and Consumer Sciences Requirements

Starting Fall 2010

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

  • FCS Core Courses (9 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)

*Electives approved by student's graduate committee (21-23)


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.

Graduate assistantships are offered each year in teaching; textiles, foods and child development laboratories; Nutrition Education Resource and Referral; student organization management; Child Care Resource and Referral; and general support for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The weekly work obligation is 18-19 hours. Applications for graduate assistantships are due to the graduate coordinator by February 15 or the following business day. Informational packet for completing the graduate assistantship application process is linked below. Materials are sent to

School of Family & Consumer Sciences
Attn: Dr. Lisa Taylor
600 Lincoln Avenue
Klehm Hall 1030
Charleston, IL 61920

Frequently asked questions:

How do I apply to Graduate School? Candidates applying for admission to the Ms in FCS Graduate Program must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution at the time of application and earned an overall GPA of 2.75* or higher (or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of graded coursework). To apply, candidates must submit an application for admission to the University through the EIU Graduate School's online application website ( If this is your first time applying, just click on the link for "First time user account creation" to create your account to apply. See the list of additional application materials (see below) that must be submitted directly to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences MS in FCS Graduate Program (email to the Graduate coordinator, Dr. Lisa Taylor,, for. Review of applications begins September 15 for spring admission and February 15 for summer/fall admission.

Additional application materials include:

  • A one-page letter of intent, including the candidate's goals and how the EIU Ms in FCS graduate program would help them achieve those goals.
  • A one-page current resume or vita
  • Two letters of recommendation (prepared within the past year) from persons acquainted with the candidate's academic ability and/or professional competency.

In addition, candidates may be required to participate in an interview and/or complete undergraduate preparatory courses in Family and Consumer Sciences.

*Admission as a Provisional Candidate and Limitations: Refer to the Eastern Illinois Graduate Catalog at

Is the GRE or MAT required? No.

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.

Are there networking opportunities? Student organizations include Kappa Omicron Nu, which has won several awards and SAFCS (Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences), which is the largest student section in the nation. There are opportunities to attend professional conferences such as IAFCS (Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) ICFR (Illinois Council on Family Relations at National Council on Family Relations) and WIM. The WIM conference with participation from FCS university programs from seven Midwestern states is held in Chicago each February and provides leadership opportunities, professional tours, information about internship sites, networking and job opportunities. Graduate students have been recruited in the past to make presentations and judge entries at the Illinois Association of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Region 6 Leadership Conferences.

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.

Are scholarships available? All FCS scholarships are available to currently enrolled FCS majors and are listed at the following web site: . Information and application forms for Graduate School and graduate assistantships are available on our web site at

About EIU

Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, a community of 20,000 in east central Illinois, 185 miles south of Chicago and 130 miles east of St. Louis.

Eastern is a residential university of largely full-time students.

Approximately 10,000 students from nearly all Illinois counties, most of the continental states, and about 25 foreign countries enjoy an attractive, compact 320-acre campus with a full range of extracurricular activities.

The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and develops broadly educated, responsible, productive citizens prepared to serve and lead in a free society.

Faculty and staff consider students their prime responsibility and treat them as individuals in a caring environment.

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Contact Us

For more information or an appointment to discuss your interests in our program, contact:

Graduate Coordinator
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
Phone: 217-581-8584
Fax: 217-581-6090

Teacher Certification with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences is provided through the School of Technology, Career and Technical Education.

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