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About the Program

The master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is housed in the Department of Human Development and Community Health at Montana State University.  The master’s degree creates opportunities for students to develop a deeper and applied understanding of family and human development theory, research methods, and program planning and evaluation. The master’s degree is designed to accommodate students who wish to attend graduate school full-time (blended—face-to-face and online courses) and working professionals who require more flexibility (all online).


What Can I Do with a Master's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences?

Master’s degrees create additional career opportunities for students. Many leadership positions in the human sciences require master’s preparation. Students completing this degree will have research methods and program planning/evaluation skills. This creates opportunities for students to take on leadership positions as project directors, program managers, or program evaluators for both public and non-profit human service entities. In terms of employment in higher education, with a master’s degree, graduates can qualify for adjunct or non-tenure track teaching opportunities. Graduates can also consider a career as a Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension Agent. Obtaining advanced formal education can increase opportunities for job advancement at your current place of employment. Check with your employer to identify what advantages might be in place for enhancing your knowledge in this field of study. Students may also use this degree to prepare for doctorate programs. Please use the contact information below to explore additional opportunities.

Applying for the Program

Applicants will apply through the Graduate School.  Items needed for application include:

  • official transcripts
  • résumé
  • three letters of recommendation
  • personal statement (explaining reasons for pursuing this degree)

Applicants may being the program in summer, fall, or spring semesters.  See our dates and deadlines page for specifics.


Kalli Decker

Kalli Decker, PhD

Assoc Professor
   115 Herrick Hall
   (406) 994-3246
   [email protected]
Christine Lux

Christine Lux, EdD

Assoc Professor
   210D Herrick Hall
   (406) 994-5005
   [email protected]
Brianna Routh

Brianna Routh, PhD

Asst Professor; Food and Nutrition Extension Specialist
   322 Reid Hall
   (406) 994-5696
   [email protected]
J. Mitchell Vaterlaus
   122 Herrick Hall
   (406) 994-3229
   [email protected]
Nicole Wanago

Nicole Wanago, PhD

Asst Professor
   222 Herrick Hall
   (406) 994-5006
   [email protected]