Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

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The Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences is aimed toward increasing competencies for teaching in high schools, colleges and universities; developing competencies needed in professional roles in business, community services, education and health in the areas of apparel, interiors and dietetics; and developing competencies essential for supervising and administering consumer and family sciences programs. The program also prepares one for further graduate study. Students are expected to observe the general requirements outlined in this Bulletin and to consult with a graduate advisor. Requests for an advisor should be directed to the department chair.

Admission to Program

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and a 3.0 GPA with a major in family and consumer sciences, or one of its specializations (apparel, child/family, interior design, nutrition/dietetics). Those without this degree must complete thirty units of prerequisites course work in consumer and family studies/dietetics approved by an advisor and the department chair.

Within these 30 units:

  • 3 units must be from outside the student’s area of specialization
  • 3 units must include CFS 312GW
  • a maximum of 6 units may be counted for past professional experience in area of specialization.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

The GRE (writing component) must be completed prior to application and scores are required to be submitted as part of the application. Admitted students with scores below 4.0 will be conditionally classified and must pass a writing intensive class within the first two semesters in the program to satisfy the university first level writing proficiency requirement.

Level Two

Level Two is demonstrated by completion of CFS 895 or CFS 898.

For the Culminating Experience (CE) and SF State Continuous Enrollment Policy students should view SF State Graduate Division policies ( The Proposal for Culminating Experience, Human Subjects Protocol, and Advancement to Candidacy are due the semester prior to enrolling in CFS 895/CFS 898. Students have one semester grace period after enrolling in CFS 895/CFS 898 to complete their CE. If it is not completed during the semester following enrollment, they must then continually enroll in HSS 499 through the College of Extended Learning until CFS 895/CFS 898 is completed.

Seventy percent of a student’s Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) must be at the 700 level or above. Students must make continuous progress toward the completion of the degree. See Graduate Division website for details on policies, procedures and required forms (

Family and Consumer Sciences (M.A.) — Minimum 30 units

Program Requirements (9 units)

COUN 794Seminar in Research3
or ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research
CFS 700Seminar: Trends and Issues3
CFS 710Family and Consumer Sciences Research Applications3

Graduate/Upper Division Courses (15 units)

Courses in family and consumer sciences selected upon approval of graduate major advisor

CFS 728Children and Families with Violence, Abuse, and Neglect3
CFS 743Sustainability in the Textile, Housing, and Food Industries3
CFS 761Advanced Apparel Design Problems3
CFS 769Visual Merchandising and Promotion3
CFS 863Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship3
CFS 881Internship3
CFS 891Directed Readings in Family and Consumer Sciences/Dietetics3
CFS 899Independent Study2-4
DFM 751Seminar in Nutritional Assessment Across the Lifespan3
DFM 755Seminar in Human Nutrition and Metabolism3
DFM 758Seminar in Foodservice and Nutrition Program Management3
DFM 785Seminar in Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DFM 881Internship in Dietetics (limit 6 units)6
CFS 898Master's Thesis3
or CFS 895 Field Study

Electives (6 units)

Selected upon approval of graduate major advisor