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Family and Consumer Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Honolulu, HI, United States
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has been an integral part of the land-grant system and of UH since 1907. The department offers two bachelor of science degree programs: Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) and Family Resources (FAMR). The Family and Consumer Sciences program is offered by University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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The Family and Consumer Sciences program at University of Hawaii at Manoa integrates theoretical and applied knowledge regarding apparel design, consumer textiles, historic costume, apparel production, and apparel marketing and merchandising theory and practice, both domestic and international. The program fosters the development of professionals prepared for management-level positions in business and industry, such as apparel designer, buyer, merchandise manager, sales representative, costume designer, manufacturer, and store owner. An internship providing work experience related to a student's career interests is required. Majors complete a core of courses in subjects integral to apparel product development careers.

Fashion Design and Merchandising Program

Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) is a comprehensive undergraduate program whose mission is to prepare students with appropriate knowledge and skills for career positions in apparel and fashion-related industries. Classroom work is enhanced by one of the largest costume collections at a university in the U.S., giving students and faculty a rich source of items to draw upon for their classes and projects. In addition, students have the opportunity to use web-based technologies to supplement classroom activities. Opportunities to study at other universities and to participate in study tours to fashion centers of the world are another plus. A strong foundation for graduate study in apparel and related areas is provided.

All FDM majors take a core set of courses that provides them with:

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the impact of global production and distribution of apparel;
  • The ability to plan, develop, and merchandise apparel product lines and to evaluate apparel quality;
  • An understanding of the role of dress and fashion in their lives and the lives of others;
  • An understanding of the design, manufacture, marketing, retailing, and consumption of textile and apparel products;
  • The ability to demonstrate personal attitudes and skills appropriate to career positions in apparel.

Family Resources Program

The Family Resources (FAMR) Program provides students with a comprehensive education in family development and resource management, including course work and study in the areas of family relations, parenting, family economics and resource management, consumer economics, human development, and community leadership and resource development. The curriculum prepares students to work proactively in multicultural settings to enhance the quality of family life, providing students with an understanding of:

  • The changing needs and dynamics of families over time;
  • The management of personal, family, and community resources to meet these needs;
  • The growth and development of individuals over the human life cycle;
  • The interrelationship of individuals, families, and communities in the context of diverse socio-economic and cultural systems.

Students gain a social systems perspective of how families operate by studying the theoretical and applied literature that addresses the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and economic well-being of individuals and families and the environments in which they live. Students also study the changing functions of the family, the roles of its members, and the community programs and policies that affect the decisions and well-being of families and consumers. FAMR courses provide students with knowledge that they can apply to their personal development and family life. An internship in the student's area of interest is an integral part of the curriculum.

FAMR is a Bachelor of Science degree program that provides students with a comprehensive, ecological systems-based program of study in life span development and family resource management. The FAMR curriculum emphasizes the study of child, adolescent, adult development; family development (such as marriage and parenting); family resource management (such as consumer and family economics and family management); community needs; and leadership in human services occupations.

The program requires an internship providing work experience related to a student's career interests. Students are prepared for bachelor-level careers in human and family services, and for graduate training in child and family studies, early childhood education, life span development, family life education, family and consumer sciences, and marriage and family therapy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Design
  • Merchandising
  • Cultural
  • Textile and Apparel topics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.8

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have completed or are in the process of completing secondary school with a cumulative or overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent of B or higher. Focus will also be on the grades/marks you have received for Mathematics and Science courses.

The SAT or ACT is required for admissions. However, there are many ways to substitute this requirement:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) A Level results
  • Hong Kong Advance Level Examination (HKALE) results
  • National college entrance exam results for your country (China Gaokao, for example)
  • National qualification/credential awarded certificates (Australia HSC, India HSC, Germany Arbitur, New Zealand NCEA, for example)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16668 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16668 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5852 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Honolulu

  • 1640 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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