The mission of the graduate program in Human Sciences is to provide an indepth, specialized program of study in Child and Family Studies, Family Financial Planning, Nutrition and Food Science, Merchandising, or Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The specializations in Family Financial Planning, Merchandising, and Family and Consumer Sciences Education are offered through GPIdea, a consortium of eleven land grant institutions located in the Midwest. Students take course work from most or all institutions including: North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Montana State University, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, and Colorado State University. All courses are delivered via distance education. The degree granted is the Master of Science in Education and Human Sciences. An understanding of the research process is developed throughout graduate courses and other research requirements.