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Master of Science Program in Nutritional Science (code FCS_MS01)

Emphases and Course Requirements

Admission Requirements to MS Program

Application Process and Deadlines

Current Graduate Student Procedures

Forms/Publications

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Emphases and Course Requirements:

This degree offers four emphases: Nutritional Science, Latino Health and Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetic Internship.
These emphases provide an opportunity for students to:

  1. Specialize in nutritional therapy/community nutrition or Latino health and nutrition or food science or complete the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, (IPND).
  2. Increase competence in food and nutrition subject matter in preparation for college teaching, research, graduate study beyond a master's degree and administrative positions in public and private agencies.

Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 37 units.

Take all of the following core courses (15 units):

  • EDP 519 or H SC 503 or statistics course approved by the faculty advisor.
  • FCS 530A Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L, BIOL 260 or equivalent statistics course.
  • FCS 530B Vitamins and Minerals (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L, BIOL 260 or equivalent statistics course.
  • FCS 696 Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper-division course in statistics.
  • FCS 697 Directed Research (3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy.

Take one of the following capstone courses (4 units):

  • FCS 692 Directed Project (4)
    Prerequisites: FCS 697.
  • FCS 698 Thesis (4)
    Prerequisites: FCS 697

Completion of Oral Presentation of Thesis or Directed Project.

Completion of one of the following emphases (18 units):

1. Select 6 courses for the Nutritional Science emphasis.

2. Select 6 courses in the Latino Health and Nutrition emphasis:

3. Select 6 courses in the Food Science emphasis:

4. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accredited Internship Program at CSULB:

Admission Requirements to MS Program

Prospective students must comply with University requirements for admission to the graduate studies program at CSULB as outlined in the CSULB Catalog. Students must concurrently submit applications to the University Admissions and Records Office and to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Alll application materials must be received by February 15th for admission for the following fall. (There are no Spring admissions.)

The requirements for prospective graduate students for the Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science are:

1. A bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics, or related field with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 undergraduate units attempted.

2. Completion of all prerequisites for 500/600 level courses prior to admission. Undergraduate prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within five years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it must be repeated.

3. A minimum score of 4 on the Analytical Writing section of the general GRE.

Send GRE scores using the following institution codes:

CSULB: 4389

Nutrition: 0214

4. A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) if the applicant's native language is not English and preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.

5. Submission of the following to the Graduate Coordinator via the Graduate Assistant in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences:

A. Submitted information printout of the CSU Graduate Application.

B. Three letters of recommendation, on official letterhead, with at least two from instructors who have direct knowledge of the applicant's scholastic ability and professional qualifications.

C. An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years.

Additional Admission Criteria for Students Choosing the IPND Emphasis; (Dietetic Internship)

1. Completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics with an original Verification Statement from the Didactic Program Director;

2. Related volunteer or work experience in the United States;

3. Completion of the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application by February 15th;

4. Additional application materials to Internship Program Director by February 15th which include a nutrition-related experience worksheet and a GPA calculation sheet (both forms can be downloaded from the Internship Program website: www.csulb.edu/dieteticinternship); and,

5. Interview with Program Director and review committee.

Application Process and Deadlines

Students must concurrently submit applications to the Unversity Admissions and Records Office and to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Materials to send to the University:

1. Completed graduate application and application fee. (Applications can be sent online via csumentor.edu)

2. Official Transcripts.

3. Officially Reported GRE Scores.

Mail to:

Office of Enrollment Services/Graduate Admissions

California State University, Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840

Materials to Send to the Department:

A. Submitted information printout of the CSU Graduate Application.

B. Three letters of recommendation, on official letterhead, with at least two from instructors who have direct knowledge of the applicant's scholastic ability and professional qualifications.

C. An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years.

FCS Department Address:

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

California State University Long Beach

ATTN: Graduate Assistant

1250 Bellflower Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90840-0501

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within five years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it must be repeated.

International students and students from other states:

International Students must go through the Center for International Education before they can be admitted to the University. Information can be found on their website.

All application materials must be received by February 15th for admission the following fall.

Current Graduate Student Procedures

Consult the Student Checklist for Completion of FCS Master's Degree to ensure deadlines and procedures are met.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy is the next step after achieving classified status and signifies approval of a plan of study by the student's major department and college.

Students must complete the following steps to advance to candidacy before continuing his/her course of graduate study in the second year:

Satisfy the general University requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.

Complete 9 units of graduate courses (500/600 level), including FCS 696.

Successful completion of the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE). A GRE analytical writing score of 4.0 will satisfy this requirement.

Maintain a 3.0 GPA for all coursework attempted as a graduate student.

Complete a Program of Study in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Approval by the Graduate Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Enrollment in the semester in which the Advancement to Candidacy takes place.

Requirements for Completion of MS Degree

1. Complete a minimum of 37 units

2. Maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA

3. Complete Thesis or Directed Project (Graduate Students and Faculty Guidelines for Thesis/Directed Projects)

4. Complete Oral presentation of the Thesis or Directed Project. (guidelines)

5. Complete additional requirements for completion of the MS/IPND (Dietetic Internship)

Graduate Studies (GS) 700

The deadline for graduate students to register for GS 700 is the end of the add-drop period of the semester or other session in which the student wishes to maintain continuous enrollment for the purpose of completing the culminating activity or graduating. 

By policy, GS 700 can only be taken after all other coursework has been completed.  If a graduate student wishes to take a semester off before resuming coursework, s/he must take a Planned Educational Leave, not GS 700. GS 700 may only be taken twice.

To register for GS 700, students must have an authorization slip signed by the Graduate Coordinator.  This form can be obtained from the graduate assistant (FCS 007A) or the CCPE Registration Office, located at the Foundation Building, 6300 State University Drive, Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Thesis or Directed Project Requirements /Deadlines

After approval from Graduate Committee, submit thesis/directed project to:

Thesis Office

Library 104 West

Please refer to the website for thesis and project deadlines.

Please refer to the Thesis and Dissertation Office website for the policy and procedures for sumbitting a thesis.  Access the thesis author online submission form from the Thesis and Disseratation Office website at:

http://www.csulb.edu/library/guide/serv/thesis.html

Forms/Publications

* Program of study MA/MS

* Change in Program of Study MA/MS (.pdf)

* Process for Enrolling in FCS 697 (MS Word)

* Petition to Enroll in FCS 697 (MS Word) (.pdf)

* Signature Page Template for Thesis/Directed Projct Proposal (MS Word)

* Request to Graduate Form

  • Directed Project Requirements (FCS 692) MS