Family and Consumer Sciences Graduate Programs

The Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC) can be obtained with an emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising
  • Family and Child Science
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Teaching, Research and Administration
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences
    • Human Nutrition
    • Dietetic Internship - (Director, Gaby Phillips, MS, RD, LD)
  • Food Science and Technology
  • General Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Graduate Coordinator
Kourtney Vaillancourt, PhD, LMFT, CFLE
kvaillan@nmsu.edu
575-646-3383

  • Combined Masters Degree and Dietetic Internship
    Our program combines the dietetic internship with a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. Upon successful completion of the Combined Master's Degree + Dietetic Internship, the student qualifies to take the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN).

FCSC Degree Requirements

Thesis Plan Requires:

  • Minimum of 30 credits (including 4-6 credits of thesis).
  • One-half of the credits must be from the 500 level.
  • One-half of credits taken must be from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Oral exam on completion of the above requirements.

Non Thesis Plan Requires:

  • Minimum of 32 credits of course work.
  • One-half of the credits must be from above the 500 level.
  • One-half of the credits must come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Oral AND written examination upon completion of the above requirements.

A minor may be taken in a variety of supporting fields that fit the particular interests of the candidate.

Application Process

The admissions criteria for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC) Graduate Program include:

  • Graduate school application (http://prospective.nmsu.edu/graduate/apply/) - Forwarded to Department from Graduate School
  • Official transcripts - Forwarded to Department from Graduate School
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • Psychometric test results (e.g., GRE (only one accepted for Marriage and Family Therapy program; Dietetic Internship and Family and Consumer Sciences Education); Miller's Analogy; ADA Exam)

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session I, II, and Fall -- March 1
    Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) Program -- February 1st
    Dietetic Internship -- February 15
  • Summer Session II and Fall -- June 1
  • Spring -- November 1

Handbooks

Kourtney Vaillancourt
Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-3383
Email: kvaillan@nmsu.edu