Family and Consumer Sciences


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Family & Consumer Sciences (M.F.S.)
  • Online Master of Family & Consumer Sciences (M.F.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Dietetics (M.F.S.)
  • Family Financial Planning (M.F.S.)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education (M.F.S.)
  • Gerontology (M.F.S.)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (M.F.S.)
  • Youth Development (M.F.S.)
Learning Goals:
  • Family Financial Planning Goal #1: Construction of a professional, comprehensive financial plan
  • Family Financial Planning Goal #2: Implementation of ethical standards in financial planning as prescribed by the CFP Board of Standards.
  • Family Financial Planning Goal #3: Demonstration of listening and counseling skills needed to help families with financial management.
  • Youth Development Goal #1: Articulate the rationale and efficacy of the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach.
  • Youth Development Goal #2: Articulate developmental processes and the influences of context on youth.
  • Youth Development Goal #3: Apply research, theory, and evidence-informed practice for effective youth programming.
  • Youth Development Goal #4: Promote inclusivity in youth practice.
  • Youth Development Goal #5: Develop, manage, evaluate, and sustain PYD programs.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.8 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Iowa State Online
Phone: 515-294-3916
E-mail Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Applications for our FCS programs are accepted year-round.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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