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Consumer Science - MS Degree

The master of science degree allows students to fully specialize and apply theoretically grounded, cutting-edge research in one of two programs: Consumer Behavior or Family and Consumer Economics. The MS program offers one of the most up-to-date and integrated blends of theory, use of technology, and applications in consumer sciences. Core courses advance the student's understanding of this dynamic industry while they learn how to conduct research and analyze information. Students then specialize in their area of interest through a variety of elective choices and research projects, culminating in a required non-thesis or thesis project.

CSR Non-Thesis Options:

The non-thesis option meets the needs of those wishing to earn a master's degree and return to the industry. Students pursuing this degree track are not eligible for automatic consideration into the Consumer Science PhD Program.

Program Requirements - Plan of Study for Consumer Behavior

CB Non-Thesis Plan of Study (33 credits)

Year One

Fall

Spring

CSR 600 (3 Credits)

CSR 631 (3 Credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

STAT 501/STAT 511 (3 Credits)

STAT 502/STAT 512 (3 Credits)

Year Two

Fall

Spring

CSR Course (3 credits)

CSR Course (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

CSR 697 - Non-Thesis Project (3 Credits)

 

 

Program Requirements - Plan of Study for Family and Consumer Economics

FCE Non-Thesis Plan of Study (33 credits)

Year One

Fall

Spring

CSR 600 (3 Credits)

CSR 631 (3 credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

STAT 501/STAT 511 (3 Credits)

STAT 502/STAT 512 (3 Credits)

Year Two

Fall

Spring

CSR 681 (3 credits)

CSR 682 (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

CSR 697 - Non-Thesis Project (3 Credits)

 

 

Non-Thesis Final Project

After a student completes the bulk of his or her course work they will start work on a non-thesis project. This project is a response to the increasing market demand for professionals who are able to solve practical issues in the field in addition to mere epistemological pursuits. Course Grading Attribute is Pass/Not Pass Only. 

Related Elective:

Related Elective is defined as an elective course that comes from the same department in the outside specialization of the student’s choice. A student must have a total of 6 credits in Related Electives A student must have a total of 6 credits in Related Electives.  For course descriptions and pre-approved outside special electives, visit the HTM Graduate Courses page

Summer Optional:

Non-thesis students may also add 1 credit of HTM 59001 – Graduate Professional Industry Internship.

Non-Thesis Committee:

The non-thesis plan of study requires a minimum of three committee members. The chair of the committee is the Program Director, the two remaining members are the Associate Dept. Head of CSR and the Dept. Head.

CSR Thesis Options: 

The thesis option provides a student with a full set of skills allowing for a successful career in chosen fields of specialization, including strong preparation for entry into PhD programs.

Program Requirements - Plan of Study for Consumer Behavior 

CB Thesis Plan of Study (36 credits)

Year One

Fall

Spring

CSR 600 (3 Credits)

CSR 631 (3 Credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

STAT 501/STAT 511 (3 Credits)

STAT 502/STAT 512 (3 Credits)

Year Two

Fall

Spring

CSR Course (3 credits)

CSR Course (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

CSR 698 - Thesis (3 Credits)

 CSR 698 - Thesis (3 Credits)

 

Program Requirements - Plan of Study for Family and Consumer Economics

 

FCE Thesis Plan of Study (36 credits)

Year One

Fall

Spring

CSR 600 (3 Credits)

CSR 631 (3 credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

Related Elective (3 credits)

STAT 501/STAT 511 (3 Credits)

STAT 502/STAT 512 (3 Credits)

Year Two

Fall

Spring

CSR 681 (3 credits)

CSR 682 (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

CSR 698 - Thesis (3 Credits)

 CSR 698 - Thesis (3 credits)

 

Related Elective:

Related Elective is defined as an elective course that comes from the same department in the outside specialization of the student’s choice. A student must have a total of 6 credits in Related Electives.  For course descriptions and pre-approved outside special electives, visit the HTM Graduate Courses page

Summer Optional:

Thesis students may also add 1 credit of HTM 59001 – Graduate Professional Industry Internship.

Thesis Committee:

The thesis plan of study requires a minimum of three committee members. The members of the committee may all be HTM or CSR faculty, although students may be encouraged to include one member from another department. The chair must be a CSR faculty member.

Thesis Final Examination:

Each master's candidate must pass a final examination after completion of his/her thesis. This final examination is typically an oral presentation after written informal examinations have been completed. After a student completes the bulk of his or her research credit they can request a final examination. To request the final examination, the following conditions must first be fulfilled:

  • Having fully submitted their plan of study.
  • Students must be registered for HTM 698/CSR 698 in the semester.
  • If you are planning to graduate during the same semester, you must declare your candidacy before the term’s deadline (see Graduate School Deadline Calendar).

After this, a student can then schedule their final examination through the form 8 in the Graduate School Web Database. Students must arrange their final exam with their graduate research committee (and graduate secretary if booking a space in Marriott Hall) no later than 14 business days before desired date and initiation of the form 8.

It is not unheard of that students may pass their final examination with the understanding they first must complete some minor edits to their thesis which may take a few days to complete so please keep this in mind and plan accordingly.

Once a final examination has been passed by all the committee members, the student can start the process to deposit. You can start this process by initiating the Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form (ETAF) in the Graduate School Web Database. Upon initiation, this form turns into two forms for the committee to sign off on, which are:

  • Form 9 Thesis Acceptance (located in the Graduate School Database – committee approves, then graduate secretary after a format check, followed by program director before it proceeds to the Grad School).
  • Form 32 Thesis/Dissertation Agreement, Publication Delay, and research Integrity & copyright Disclaimer (iThenticate)(major professor/chair approves).

 

Without the forms 9 and 32 completed by the major professor, committee, and the graduate program, the MS student cannot continue onto their deposit process with the Thesis Office. It is recommended that students provide themselves adequate time between the final exam to the deposit deadline to make the appropriate edits needed. We find that the allot time built in the Graduate School Deadline Calendar is often not enough time for those needing to make serious edits to their thesis.

 

Thesis Office | Thesis Template | Thesis Workshops | ETAF Guide

 

Grade and GPA Requirements:

Memorandum of August 17, 2015

… TO GRADUATE WITH THIS DEGREE, STUDENTS MUST EARN A GRADE OF NO LESS THAN A B- IN ALL REQUIRED HTM/CSR AND STAT/SOC COURSES. STUDENTS WILL MARK ALL REQUIRED HTM/CSR AND STAT/SOC COURSES AS “PRIMARY” ON THEIR PLANS OF STUDY [EPOS]. COURSES NOT SUBJECT TO REQUIREMENT OF NO GRADE LESS THAN A B- WILL BE MARKED AS “RELATED” ON THE PLAN OF STUDY [EPOS]. IN ADDITION, A 3.0 GPA IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PURDUE COURSES ON THE PLAN OF STUDY [EPOS]. …

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