Family and Consumer Sciences


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Doctoral Degrees Offered: None

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Family & Consumer Sciences (M.F.S.)

Online Degrees: Master of Family & Consumer Sciences (M.F.S.)

Area(s) of Specialization (will appear on all ISU transcripts after graduation): Hospitality Management (M.F.S.); Apparel Merchandising and Design (M.F.S.); Youth Development (M.F.S.); Gerontology (M.F.S.); Family Financial Planning (M.F.S.); Dietetics (M.F.S.); Comprehensive (M.F.S.); Nutritional Sciences (M.F.S.); Human Development and Family Studies (M.F.S.); Family and Consumer Sciences Education (M.F.S.);

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Trisha Ritland
Phone: 515-294-7925
E-mail Address:


Application Deadlines: Applications for our MFCS programs (except Dietetics) are accepted year-round, but to have the best chance of enrolling before the enrollment limits are reached, apply before the recommended deadlines: Fall admission: February 15 Spring admission: September 15 Summer admission: February 15 Applications for the MFCS-Dietetics program are not accepted year round and MUST be completed by the date listed above. If any piece of your application is not received by the dates set above, your application will not be reviewed until the following semester.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

GRE Scores - are only required when applying to the Comprehensive program. They are NOT required for the Family Financial Planning, Gerontology, Dietetics or Youth Development programs.
Resume & Goal Statement
3 Letters of Recomendation
Confirm your application is complete via email

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Master of Family and Consumer Sciences
310 MacKay
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011