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Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Extension: MS

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Extension

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. 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.

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

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.

Admission Deadlines

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 Assistance

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

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Alpha Tau Alpha: This is a national professional honorary agricultural education organization for those who have chosen a major in agricultural education or Extension education.

Labs, Centers, Research

Center for Integrated BioSystems: The CIB leads a progressive, interdisciplinary effort in research, core services, and education serving agriculture and life sciences. The CIB is where the first hybrid animal, a mule, was cloned, and was named one of “30 Awesome College Labs” by Popular Science magazine. The CIB has a research program with several active projects in diverse areas of life science that encompass plant, animal, and microbe functional genomics.

Cooperative Extension: Utah State University Extension provides statewide access to university resources and research. With offices in all of Utah’s 29 counties, Cooperative Extension develops practical educational programs tailored to local needs and based on university knowledge and research. Extension faculty and staff live and work across the state, in regional and county offices, as well as at university campuses and research and outreach centers. Cooperating with local governments and citizens, USU Extension agents and campus-based specialists collaborate to develop educational programs and partnerships that make a positive difference in people’s daily lives. Faculty and staff with expertise in agriculture, horticulture, range, forestry, water, health promotion, financial literacy, business management, community development, and 4-H are all part of Extension’s effort to bring the latest information to the people of Utah.

Utah Agricultural Experiment Station: The UAES is part of a network of researchers and facilities at the nation’s land-grant universities and is committed to improving agriculture and managing natural resources for the people of Utah. At research facilities on the USU campus and throughout the state, UAES supports hundreds of research projects that promote agriculture and human nutrition and enhance the quality of rural life.

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Academic Advising

Debra Spielmaker
Professor, School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education - Graduate Program Advisor/Chair
Office: ASTE 101
Phone: (435) 213-5562

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