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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.38k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 18k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The Consumer Affairs curriculum prepares students to qualify for employment or graduate study in family financial planning, consumer behavior, consumer product marketing, consumer economics, and consumer education and policy development. Career opportunities also exist in non-profit organizations and government.

    An 8-week (320 hour) full time summer internship compatible with career goals is a program requirement.
    Students in the program graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer Affairs and may choose between two specializations:

    • The Family Financial Management (FFM) Specialization is for students interested in the financial services industry and focuses on principles and practice related to family financial planning including insurance planning, investment strategies, income tax planning, retirement preparation, estate planning, and case studies to assist individuals and families with individualized family financial planning goals.
    • The Consumer Services Management (CSM) Specialization focuses on the application of resource management concepts for families of varying structures and conditions and implementation strategies for working with diverse adult audiences.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
    • USD 7378 Year (National)
    • USD 18044 Year (International)
    Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Consumer Affairs Core Requirements: 28
    • Introduction to Consumer Affairs
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Consumers in the Market
    • Work Family Interface
    • Foundations in Financial Management
    • Emerging Issues in Consumer Affairs
    • Consumer Decision Making
    • Transition to the Professional World
    • Family Relations
    Family Financial Management Specialization Requirements: 15
    • Principles of Accounting
    • Legal Environment of Business
    • Family Financial Management I
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    Consumer Services Management Specialization Requirements: 15
    • Legal Environment of Business
    • Organization and Management
    • Family Resource Management
    • Adult Education
    • Events and Facilities Administration

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

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    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than South Dakota State University.


    SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


    South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

    • Dedicated faculty and staff
    • Quality new facilities
    • Excellent student leadership
    • Shared governance
    • Partnerships with local community
    • Robust and Integrated assessment program
    • Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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