Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Extension - MS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

This degree serves to expand academic preparation in the areas of family studies, housing, textiles and clothing, nutrition and food sciences, and management of personal resources.

It places emphasis on teaching and curriculum/program development and/or Extension.

What You Will Learn

While this degree does not result in a teaching license for public schools, students will develop skills in the areas of instruction, program planning, evaluation and research related to research methodology and statistical applications.

This degree program can be completed online or on campus. A thesis is required. Students completing this degree online will need to meet virtually or in person with their chair and committee members on a regular basis to complete their thesis research. This degree is recommend for those who will be working in an area of education requiring research in addition to teaching or those seeking a PhD.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Students completing this degree are prepared for working in formal post-secondary and non-formal education (outreach and extension) settings.This is degree also prepares students who would like to earn a future PhD.

  • Secondary teaching
  • Urban and rural Extension
  • Social science
  • Business
  • Supervisory and administrative positions in business, technical schools, and applied technology colleges
  • Consulting positions in mass media and industry

Job Outlook



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Office: ASTE 101D
Phone: 435-797-0989

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USU Locations


*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Admission Requirements

Students from any undergraduate background are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application (Pay close attention to the essay question in the online application. The response will be used in admissions decision)
  • Pay the application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Applications, including test results, must be completed no later than two months prior to the start of the semester in which you would like to begin taking classes. Students are not allowed to take courses in the program without being admitted.

Financial Aid

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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