Consumer and Design Sciences, M.Sc. | Auburn University | Auburn, United States
12 months
33482 USD/year
33482 USD/year
12170 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The M.S. in Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn University offers both a Thesis and a Non-Thesis Option. The Thesis Option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level coursework including a research or creative scholarship-based thesis and a final Oral Examination (presentation and defense of the thesis). 

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Non-Thesis Option requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. Students may choose to undertake a Graduate Project that could include creative scholarship, case study, course development, or design development. The Plan of Study is highly individualized, based upon the student’s academic background, work experiences, and career goals. Teaching and/or research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, based upon program needs, student qualifications, and funding availability.

The following list suggests topical areas for advanced study in Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn University :

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Interior Design
  • Functional and Creative Apparel/Product Design
  • Design Management
  • Retail Management
  • Product Development
  • Sustainability
  • Creativity
  • Forecasting and Trend Analysis
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Multicultural and Global Markets

Beyond basic requirements, each student’s program is tailored to his or her own educational objectives and goals through the selection of courses and topic for the thesis or project. Although coursework is taken primarily within CADS, courses from other departments may be identified as appropriate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Consumer and Design Sciences
  • Environmental Design Theories and Applications
  • Aesthetics Theory and Consumer and Design Sciences
  • Sustainability Theory and Applications 
  • Social Psychological Theories in Clothing Behavior
  • Consumer Theory in Apparel and Interiors

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

 International applicants should submit all required materials at least 90 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  •     Up to three (3) letters of recommendation may be required by the department.  Applicants should contact the department to find out, first, if letters are required.  If so, how many?  And how should these letters be submitted?
  •     One official transcript of all undergraduate and any graduate credits from each school previously attended. If an Auburn University transcript, the Graduate School will acquire the transcript for you
  •     International applicants should provide an official original language transcript and final diploma/certificate(s) accompanied by a certified English translation of each document.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    33482 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16741 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    33482 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16741 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12170 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6085 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Auburn

850 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Interested in financing your studies? Find a student loan that works for you.

Financing partner MPOWER Financing Student Loans between $2,001 - $100,000


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Consumer and Design Sciences
Auburn University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!