Family & Consumer Sciences

The master’s degree in family and consumer sciences creates opportunities for students to develop a deeper and applied understanding of family and human development theory, research methods, and program planning and evaluation. The program is designed to accommodate students who wish to attend graduate school full-time as well as working professionals who require more flexibility.  Students may pursue an added endorsement in family and consumer sciences education, designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach Family and Consumer Sciences in grades 5-12.  Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana.  For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, student teaching, licensure, professional expectations and more, please visit the Teacher Education Program section of this catalog. Students pursuing this added endorsement will work with an advisor to determine required courses and specific electives.

Required Courses

CHTH 548Program Planning and Evaluation3
Choose one of the following:3
Educational Statistics I
Statistical Approaches to Studying Children, Families and Communities
HDFS 535Contemporary Issues in Human Development3
HDFS 545Contemporary Family Issues 3
HDFS 598Internship3
HHD 501Research Methods in HHD I3
HHD 512Research Methods in HHD II3
Choose one of the following:6-10
Professional Paper and Project (6 cr. required)
or HDFS 590 Thesis (10 cr. required)
Total Credits36-40


Distance education options
AC 502Psychopharmacology and Addictions3
AC 504Alcohol and Drug Studies3
CHTH 405Caregiving & Aging Families3
CHTH 430Mental Health & Social Issues in Aging3
CHTH 435Human Response To Stress3
HDFS 451Trauma and Recovery: A Lifespan Perspective3
HDFS 461Principles Wellbeing in Aging3
HDFS 465RFamily Law & Public Policy3
HDFS 572Professional Practicum2-6
HDFS 592Independent Study1-3
HDFS 598Internship2-12
On-campus options
BMGT 469Community Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management3
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
CHTH 435Human Response To Stress3
CHTH 503Community-Based Participatory Research: Research, Practice, and Policy3
EDEC 430Social and Emotional Development in the Young Child3
EDEC 450Literacy in the EC Classroom3
EDM 412Methods: 5-12 Family Consumer Science3
HDFS 419STEAM: Clothing & Textiles Instruction in FCS3
HDFS 450Curric Dev in FCS Education3
HDFS 457Family Life Education3
HDFS 460Parenting3
HDFS 464Gender, Race, Class, and Family Diversity3
HDFS 465RFamily Law & Public Policy3