Jun 15, 2024  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Consumer Science (Graduate)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Graduate Studies

Website URL:


Department/School Head:

Richard A. Feinberg, PhD

Academic Programs:

Fields of Study: The Department of Consumer Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the following major areas of specialization: consumer behavior and family and consumer economics.

  • Consumer Behavior. The primary focus of study for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in consumer behavior is the interdisciplinary study of consumer participation in the marketplace. Theories from several disciplines are employed in the study of the decision process, and activities and influences while individuals engage in the various stages of evaluation, use, and disposal of consumer goods and service. Previous background in the social sciences, marketing, or economics is assumed. Students who do not possess this background may need to enroll in supplementary coursework to build entry competencies.
  • Family and Consumer Economics. Primary areas of study for the Master of Science degree or the Doctor of Philosophy degree are: consumer economics, consumer resource management, or family economics. In addition to the primary area, both the M.S. and Ph.D. plans of study must include one or more related areas of study. These areas include, but are not limited to: agricultural economics, economics, management, psychology, sociology, and statistics.
    • Minimum requirements for acceptance into a family and consumer economics graduate program include: microeconomics, calculus, and at least one course in family resource management, consumer economics, or personal financial planning. These prerequisites are in addition to any departmental, school, or University requirements.

Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Concentrations (Areas of Study):

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Family and Consumer Economics

Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


S. Chakravarty
R.A. Feinberg
S.S. Liu

Associate Professor

S.C. Chang Alexander

Assistant Professor

L. Acharya
J. Bauchet

Emeritus Faculty

L.B. Comer
S.A. DeVaney
A.J. Dubinsky
H.L. Schrank
R. Widdows

Research Faculty

L. Acharya
J. Bauchet
S. Chakravarty
S.C. Chang Alexander
R.A. Feinberg
S.S. Liu

Extension Faculty

David Evans




      Consumer Science

      Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Graduate Studies