Graduate Degrees and Programs

The College of Human Sciences offers several online graduate programs to help you advance your career and increase your earning potential while maintaining work and family commitments.

CHS online program offerings have a variety of formats:

  • GP-IDEA online graduate programs are completely online and allow you to interact with instructors across several universities.
  • College of Human Sciences online graduate programs include completely online programs, hybrid programs that combine online courses with short summer campus sessions, and degrees that feature courses with both online and on-campus options.

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Current online graduate programs

Family and Consumer Sciences online programs

Master’s degree

MFCS - Comprehensive (administered by ISU)

MFCS - Dietetics (GP-IDEA program)

MFCS - Family Financial Planning (GP-IDEA program)

MFCS - Gerontology (GP-IDEA program)

MFCS - Youth Development (GP-IDEA program)


Family Financial Planning (FFP) Graduate Certificate program (GP-IDEA)

Financial and Housing Counseling (FHC) Graduate Certificate program (GP-IDEA)

Gerontology certificate program (GP-IDEA)

Youth Development Specialist Graduate Certificate (GP-IDEA)

Youth Program Management and Evaluation Graduate Certificate (GP-IDEA)

Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management online degrees

(Administered by the AESHM department)

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Distance Doctor of Philosophy

Hospitality Management Distance Doctor of Philosophy

Education online graduate degrees

(Administered by the School of Education)

Master of Education in Instructional Technology

Master of Education in Community College Leadership

Literacy Coaching Certificate

Food Science online graduate certificate

(Administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate


Human Development and Family Studies online graduate certificate

(Administered by the Human Development and Family Studies department)

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health graduate certificate 

  • Contact Information

    MFCS graduate program information

    (Questions about admission, registration, etc.)

    303 MacKay Hall
    2302 Osborn Drive
    Ames, IA 50011-1078

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