National Center for Education Statistics
The field of Family and Consumer Sciences is hard to define, but it's so wide-reaching that it's almost everywhere. State and local services, churches, education and health care all have aspects that are family-related.
The Master of Arts in Family & Consumers Sciences degree from Western Michigan University is designed to increase knowledge and advance the skills of students, preparing them for challenging careers in a variety of family-related fields. The program explores three core areas:
Family is the building block of society, and knowledgeable professionals in this area are always needed. This master's degree from WMU's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences provides students with skills and knowledge that are in-demand in various industries.
This program has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program. This program documents knowledge and competence, verifies professional credibility and enhances the reputation of professionals as family educators.
Anyone with a bachelor's degree in a program related to family and consumers sciences who had an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Probationary acceptance status may be granted in special cases.
Family Life Educators are qualified to work in a variety of areas upon graduation and with commensurate experience:
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.