The graduate program in family and consumer sciences leads to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for family and consumer sciences careers in business, education, hospitals, industry, government, or community agencies, or for entering a doctoral program in family and consumer sciences or in a related discipline. A post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship is also offered.
 Dietetic Internship
The Dietetic Internship is a supervised dietetic practice and study program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for the American Dietetics Association. The dietetic internship meets performance requirements for eligibility to write the ADA registration exam to become a registered dietitian. The dietetic internship is to be completed in two summers. Summer I includes eleven weeks of instruction in community nutrition and administrative dietetics. Summer II includes twelve weeks in therapeutic nutrition. Practice sites include various health care facilities in the central Arkansas area.
[2.1] Dietetic Internship Entrance Requirements
Statement of certification regarding completion of American Dietetic Association accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program.
Official transcript(s) of course work from all colleges and universities attended.
Minimum of 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale).
Work experience in nutrition-related area.
Completed dietetic internship application including letter of application and three references postmarked by February 1.
 Master of Science Degree
[3.1] Program Admission Requirements
Admission to the MS degree program in family and consumer sciences requires a baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) or an allied area. In addition to entrance requirements for the graduate school, satisfactory scores on the General Section of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) must be submitted.
[3.2] Degree Requirements
For the MS degree, the student must fulfill one of the following options:
[3.2.1] Thesis Option (30 hours)
Core requirements (9 hours): FACS 6300, ASTL 6380 Research Methods and ASTL 6382 Educational Statistics or substitute research and statistics courses approved by department chair.
Thesis research (6 hours): FACS 6344, 6345 (The procedures for selecting and writing a thesis will be those prescribed in the current UCA Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guide, available on-line at http://uca.edu/graduateschool/thesisdissertation/.
Specialization track (12 hours): student will select one of the specialization tracks listed below.
Elective (3 hours): elective in an allied area approved by major advisor.
[3.2.2] Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)
Core requirements (9 hours): same as for thesis option.
Specialization track (15-18 hours): student will select one of the specialization tracks listed below.
Elective (9-12 hours): electives in an allied area approved by major advisor.
[3.2.3] Specialization Tracks
Clothing, Textiles and Fashion (12 hours with thesis, 15-18 hours without thesis): FACS 5330, 6303, 6305, 6306, 6309, 6320.
Nutrition and Foods (12 hours with thesis, 15-18 hours without thesis): FACS 5315, FACS 5316, FACS 5317, FACS 5318, FACS 5321, FACS 5324, FACS 5330, FACS 5375, FACS 6307, FACS 6308, FACS 6309, FACS 6313, FACS 6320, NUTR 5325, NUTR 5340, NUTR 5374, NUTR 6630, NUTR 6335, NUTR 6345.
General Family and Consumer Sciences (12 hours with thesis, 15-18 hours without thesis): All FACS courses listed in the specialized tracks may be used for the general degree. In addition to the courses listed in the two specialized areas, the following courses may be used as electives in the general track: FACS 5310, 6310, 6311, 6312, 6330, 6341, 6342, 6354.
[3.3] Additional Requirements
[3.3.1] MS Thesis Option
After the thesis has been read and approved and before the candidate is recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for graduation, the candidate will meet with his/her thesis committee for an oral examination, which will consist principally of a defense of the thesis. A majority of the student's committee must approve the thesis and its defense. If approval is denied, the candidate will not be recommended for graduation. In this event, the student may be re-examined at a later period, no sooner than two months after initial examination.
[3.3.2] MS Non-Thesis Option
The student will be required to pass a written comprehensive examination or a graduate portfolio. The examination will be administered each spring semester and during the first summer session each year. To be eligible to take the examination the student must be within six hours or less of reaching degree requirements upon completion of the semester in which the comprehensive examination is scheduled.
 Graduate Courses in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)
Follow this link to FACS course descriptions: course link.