Ph.D. On Campus

Consumer Sciences

The Ohio State University

40885 USD/year
37318 USD/year
12803 USD/year
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The Consumer Sciences Program at the The Ohio State University offers both PhD and a MS programs that can prepare you to significantly and positively impact consumers within our global economy.


The graduate program at the The Ohio State University core covers research methodology; theories and models in consumer sciences; the behavior of households, families and consumers in the market; and the global consumer marketplace.

Degrees are offered in two concentrations:

  • Family Resource Management focuses on the allocation of financial and other resources to achieve the goals of the consumer.  
  • Hospitality and Retail Management focuses on the hospitality-tourism industry and/or investigation of textiles and clothing products and their use by people from behavioral and social-psychological perspectives.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Consumer Sciences prepares you to significantly and positively impact consumers within our world economy. Doctoral studies in consumer sciences allows you to dive deeper into studying consumers and their consumption patterns and decision-making.

You'll be immersed in research from the beginning to end of your PhD studies as you deepen your knowledge of consumer sciences. The program also gives you one-on-one access to distinguished faculty who have vast insight and contribute to research that uncovers new ways to enhance consumer welfare and market efficiency and to improve consumer experiences in the marketplace.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Measurement and Analysis of the Economic Status of Consumer
  • Theories and Models in Consumer Sciences 
  • Research Practicum in Consumer Sciences
  • Individual Studies
  • Normative Approaches to Consumer Sciences
  • Behavioral Approaches to Consumer Sciences 
  • Managing Consumer Risk
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Consumer Sciences
  • Consumer Economics 
  • Family Finance 
  • Fashion and Retail Studies 
  • Hospitality Management

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Submit documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of the following:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite training that will enable you to pursue your program
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40885 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 40885 USD per year
  • National

    37318 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37318 USD per year
  • In-State

    12803 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12803 USD per year

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 USD /month
Living costs

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


Graduate and professional students at Ohio State have a variety of funding options available to them, including associateships and other employment, fellowships, loans and scholarships. 

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.

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