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The James I. Perkins College of Education

School of Human Sciences:

The M.S. in Human Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree with coursework that emphasizes content in the following areas:

  • Child Development and Family Living
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Interior Design/Health Care Interior Design
  • Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (only for dietetic interns accepted into the program)

The Dietetic Internship at Stephen F. Austin State University is currently granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400.

Coursework is selected in consultation with a faculty adviser in human sciences to meet the needs of the student. Two degree options are provided to meet the diverse needs of students.

Thesis Program

The Master of Science degree with a major in human sciences with thesis (30-hour program):

  • Major coursework (24 hours): courses in the area of specialization to be selected under advice of graduate program adviser.
  • Thesis (6 hours)
Non-thesis Program

The Master of Science degree with a major in human sciences without thesis (36 hour program). This option is designed for the student who (1) plans to teach in a family and consumer sciences program, (2) plans to complete academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association, and/or (3) wants to advance professionally.

  • HMS major coursework (24 hours)
  • Minor coursework (6 hours)
  • Elective coursework (6 hours) from human sciences or a supporting discipline, upon approval of the graduate program adviser.
  • The Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certificate Program (PBIC) is available to individuals holding an undergraduate degree in a human sciences specialization area. The PBIC in Family and Consumer Sciences broadens employment opportunities. Refer to Alternative Teacher Certification for Graduate Students located in College of Education section of this bulletin.
  • The master’s degree is an option for students enrolled in the dietetic internship. A certification option also is available to students who meet graduate entrance requirements.
Executive Hospitality Supervision Certificate

This certificate is available to students who enter graduate school at SFA and achieve an overall minimum 3.0 GPA in the following courses:

  • HMS 501
  • HMS 502
  • HMS 540
  • HMS 545
  • HMS 574