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Consumer Science, MHS

Course Description

A master of science degree is offered through the College of Human Environmental Sciences where students may specialize in the Consumer Sciences (CSM) program or the Family Financial Planning and Counseling program.

The College also offers a Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with the following areas of specialization: Consumer Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation (also available as a graduate certificate), Consumer Quality Management, Interactive Technology, and Sports Business Management.

More information can be found on the Graduate Required Courses page (http://www.csm.ches.ua.edu/graduate-required-courses.html).

Visit the website http://www.csm.ches.ua.edu/graduate-programs.html


Students must complete 30 hours of coursework. A minimum of 24 semester hours of course credit, including HES 509, two courses in statistics, and 15 hours in courses in the area of specialization are required. Students must complete 6 credit hours of thesis research and write a thesis. A final oral examination is required upon completion of the thesis, and a manuscript of publishable quality based on the thesis research is expected of each Plan I degree candidate.


In the financial planning specialty within the 30-hour Master of Science degree program, students will study economic and social influences on the family and learn how to help individuals and families achieve their financial goals. Coursework includes 24 hours of financial planning coursework and 6 hours of electives in the area of specialization. By taking two courses each semester, students may complete this M.S. degree in less than two years. The program is offered both in Tuscaloosa and by distance.

- Financial Planning Website (http://financialplanning.ches.ua.edu/)


The certificate requires the successful completion of 15 hours of course work, in addition to the hours required for the masters in the student’s discipline. All 15 hours may count toward the master’s degree. Students must apply and gain admission to the UA Graduate School. Students must adhere to all UA Graduate School admission policies and deadlines. See Section 4.3 of the UA Graduate Catalog.

Students who wish to complete the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation must meet admissions criteria for the Master’s degree in General Studies in Human Environmental Sciences with a 3.0 or higher GPA. If the prospective student does not have the 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work, then the student must provide the GRE or MAT with an appropriate score. The Graduate Certificate may be completed on campus or via distance education (http://www.csm.ches.ua.edu/conflict-management.html).


Prepare yourself to become a quality management leader by earning your Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Consumer Quality Management from The University of Alabama. This 30-hour program is offered completely online to make earning a degree convenient for working adults. If you currently work or would like to work in quality management and would like to develop a deeper understanding of the field, this degree program can help you reach your goals. The CQM specialization will provide you with a comprehensive study of the facilitation skills necessary to lead an organization in continuous improvement.


The Institute for Interactive Technology offers a 30-hour asynchronous Master’s degree specialization in Interactive Technology focused on computer-mediated communications (General HES Degree). Students work with professors in adapting course projects to a particular profession. The focus is on how individuals and organizations interact with technology and might be described as “the difference between doing work and going to work,” reflecting the computer-mediated nature of the program.

- Interactive Technology Website (http://iit.ches.ua.edu/)


Faculty members from the College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES) have developed a 30 hours graduate level emphasis in Sports Business Management (Sport, Hospitality, and Entertainment Operations) at The University of Alabama. The CHES Sports Business Management program, preparing students for employment and careers in the sport, hospitality and entertainment operation settings, can be viewed on-line at sportmanagement.ches.ua.edu. The mission of this master’s degree program is to provide students with a quality graduate education and fellowship experiences for entry and career employment in the sport industry. CHES Sports Business Management program is designed to educate students to manage in a wide variety of sport arenas (sport, hospitality and entertainment operation). The Keys to “Success in the Sport Industry” is quality fellowship experiences, advanced level knowledge, and ability to connect the theory to practice.

- Sports Business Management Website (http://www.sportmanagement.ches.ua.edu/)

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

Visit the Consumer Science, MHS page on the University of Alabama website for more details!

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