May 19, 2022  
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family and Consumer Sciences - Master of Science

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The master’s program in family and consumer sciences offers three specialized and very different concentrations that prepare graduate students for a variety of pathways, including advanced degree programs and family consumer science jobs. Student may choose Plan A - Thesis option or Plan B - Project.

Choose from three concentrations based on your ambitions and interests:

  • Design, Merchandising and Textiles elevates your knowledge of apparel design and the merchandising of textiles. You will be provided with one-on-one mentorship, opportunities to engage in research and creative scholarship with faculty and resources to help travel to conferences.
  • Human Nutrition and Food increases your understanding of food and nutritional science and how to apply that knowledge to disease prevention and enhancement of human potential. You will receive research training and mentorship and engage with faculty across campus. You may also receive financial support for your thesis work and conference travel.
  • Human Development and Family Sciences offers an opportunity to earn your master’s online while expanding your knowledge of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particularly beneficial for graduate students who are currently working in human services fields and would like to further their education, this concentration is an entirely online degree program that allows you to progress through the curriculum at your own pace.
Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission to our graduate program and selection for department-funded assistantships is highly competitive. Faculty in each program area will review the applications for their program area and priority consideration will be given to applicants who meet or exceed admission requirements and possess research interests that parallel those of the faculty.

Admission requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or recognized school is required.
  • A grade point average of 3.000 or higher is required.
  • A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. In the past, successful applicants have typically had scores at or above the 50th percentile on two of the three subtests (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing).
  • For international students whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 540 on the written exam or 76 on the Internet-based exam is required. We will also accept an official IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
  • International students must also provide evidence of adequate financial resources.

For more information please visit UW’s graduate admissions website

Application packets for fall entry are due no later than March 1. Applications may be considered throughout the year if space in a program area is available.

To apply please complete the online application at the UW Office of Admissions application website and submit the following:

  • Transcripts from all institutions attended. All transcripts must be official. In order for them to be considered as such, they must be sent directly from the school(s) attended, in a sealed envelope, to UW Admissions.
  • Official GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation – Applicants must submit names and contact information for at least 3 people who will provide letters of recommendation about the applicant’s preparedness and/or qualifications for the desired graduate degree program
  • A statement of purpose (letter of intent) that includes research interests, future goals related to the program of interest, why the applicant is seeking this degree and prior work related experience.
  • A brief resume or curriculum vitae
  • International applicants must provide official TOEFL or IELTS scores and evidence of adequate financial resources.

For more information, please contact the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at 307-766-4145 or

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