Master of Family and Consumer
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences offers
a nonthesis degree program designed to enhance the skills of post-baccalaureate
individuals whose work or family obligations preclude study on the
Ames campus. Completion of the MFCS degree has permitted many individuals
to obtain the credential needed for advancement while continuing
their current employment. The program is considered to be a professional
master's degree and not preparation for further graduate study.
Students select either a comprehensive option or a specialization
option. The comprehensive option can be followed on or off-campus
and requires 36 credits covering a variety of family and consumer
sciences subject matter. Off-campus courses are offered at several
locations via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) or the World
Wide Web (WWW). Specializations are available in Nutrition; Dietetics;
Human Development and Family Studies; Foodservice and Lodging Management;
and Textiles and Clothing.
In addition, students may select a 42-credit specialization in Family
Financial Planning (FFP) or a 36-credit specialization in Gerontology.
The FFP and Gerontology specializations, offered in collaboration
with six other universities in the Great Plains, are offered exclusively
through courses on the Web. The FFP program has been approved by
the Board of Examiners of the Certified Financial Planner Board
of Standards as a program with the competencies required to permit
those completing the degree to sit for the CFP® Certification
Examination. CFP® is a certifcation mark owned by the Certified
Financial Planner Board of Standards.
The Program of Study committee, in consultation with the student,
establishes the courses to be taken and the acceptability of transfer
credits. The major professor is selected from the discipline in
which the concentration of coursework will be taken. Written and
oral final integrative examinations are required in lieu of a thesis
or creative component. A thesis or creative component could be included
on mutual agreement of the student and major professor, with approval
of the Graduate College.
Admission requirements for the MFCS include a bachelor's degree
in a family and consumer sciences/home economics subject area or
related disciplines, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, official
transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a goal statement,
and graduation in the upper one-half of class with a bachelor's
degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or graduation
in the upper one-half of class from a recognized foreign institution.
Non-English speaking international students are required to have
a TOEFL score of at least 550 at time of admission.
To meet the requirements of the American Dietetics Association for
the professional development of registered dietitians, graduate
certificates are available in Dietetics Communication, Counseling,
Dietetics Management, and Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy, and
Family Financial Planning. For detailed information about the certificates,
contact the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition or Foodservice
and Lodging Management program in the Department of Apparel, Educational
Studies, and Institution Management.
For additional information, students should contact the CFCS Research
and Graduate Education Office, 126 MacKay Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011,