The Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Science (Textile and Apparel Studies Concentration) offers a flexible program for students interested in advancing their knowledge of the fashion industry within a human ecological framework. Courses focus on developing advanced competencies necessary for success in the fashion business or education environment. Students work closely with graduate faculty to develop a plan of study and individual research agenda that fits with personal career and academic goals. The program is appropriate for students interested in pursuing management level positions in organizations that design, produce and market apparel and related products. The program also serves students planning to pursue a doctorate in preparation for a career in academia.
The M.A. in FCS Textile and Apparel Studies concentration may be appropriate for applicants with a bachelor's degree in another discipline. Additional undergraduate coursework may be required for admission to the master's program.
Graduates with an M.A. degree concentration in Textiles and Apparel may find employment as retail and marketing executives, community college or university instructors, and design and sourcing professionals.
FCS 6220 Practicum in Family and Consumer Sciences (2 to 6 credits)
This practicum gives master's level students an opportunity to apply knowledge and information acquired in the family and consumer sciences academic setting and further develop and refine professional skills with the guidance and assistance of professionals currently working in the field. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences. To plan a Practicum, contact Dr. Karen Blaisure September-June at or (269) 387-3663 or Dr. Gary Bischof July and August at or (269) 387-3713.