The Master of Science in Consumer Sciences is a 30-credit-hour degree program that offers advanced study in two complementary concentration areas.

Consumer Economics Concentration

The Consumer Economics concentration offers an applied microeconomics approach to understanding consumers in home and market environments. This concentration prepares students to continue study in a doctoral program or employment in a research-oriented setting investigating consumer decision-making, personal finance, and related family and consumer policy. This research-oriented concentration requires the successful completion of a thesis.

Family Financial Planning and Counseling Concentration

The Family Financial Planning and Counseling concentration focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in financial planning and related careers. The curriculum fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the CFP® certification exam that leads to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Students who successfully complete the concentration may sit for the CFP® certification exam that leads to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.  The concentration also fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor® exam offered by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education®. Successful completion of a capstone project, practicum, or portfolio is required.

Consumer Sciences, MS

Core Courses
HES 509 or Research Methods3
CSM 560 Finan Plan Case Study Capstone
ST 550 or Stat Methods In Res I3
CSM 558 Spreadsheets in Fin. Decisions
ST 551 or Stat Methods In Res II3
CSM 554 Personal Income Tax Mgt Plang
Concentration Requirements21

Students graduating from this program must complete a culminating experience.  Students in Consumer Economics complete a thesis (6 credit hours) and a comprehensive exam. Students in Family Financial Planning and Counseling may choose from a capstone project (0-3 credit hours), a practicum (0-3 credit hours), or a comprehensive exam. Students’ plans are approved and supervised by their graduate committee and/or program director.

Consumer Economics ConcentrationMore Information

CSM 599Thesis Research1-6
Choose 15 hours from the following:
CSM 501Consumer Protection3
CSM 505Public Policy3
CSM 506Consumer Mgt Quality Assurance3
CSM 507Consumr Qual Mgt Facilitn Skil3
CSM 508Consumer Quality Mgt Systems3
CSM 515Customer Service Management3
CSM 525Conflict Resolution Workplace3
CSM 550Consumer Economics3
CSM 551Consumer Demographics3
CSM 555Consumer Analytics Methods3
CSM 575Entrepreneurship In Hes3
CSM 580E-Commerce@Ches3
CSM 586Principled Negotiation3

Family Financial Planning and Counseling ConcentrationMore Information

CSM 500Personal Insurance Plan & Mgt3
CSM 504Personal Investment Plan & Mgt3
CSM 510Pers Retire Plan Empl Benefits3
CSM 520Personal Estate Planning3
CSM 559Techniques of Counseling in Consumer Sciences3
Electives in area of specialization of which 3 hours may be a practicum6
Total Hours21