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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Health and Human Services

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Family and Consumer Sciences - FCS Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences (code FCS_MA01)

The Master of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is designed for students seeking a master’s degree, or professional enhancement, or for those wishing to pursue further graduate study. The mission of the program is to educate students to become competent researchers and practitioners who are responsive to the complex and changing needs of diverse families and communities.

The main goal of the graduate program is to provide an opportunity for students to increase competencies and knowledge within their disciplines. In addition, the program gives students opportunities to develop professional leadership and administrative skills. Students are able to work collaboratively with individuals in other disciplines as well as diverse communities to improve the quality of life.

The focus of the curriculum is to promote an understanding of theoretical approaches to the study of the disciplines within the department and the application of theories to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. All students will get a strong background in research methods. The advanced candidate selects either a thesis track or directed project track to facilitate a selected career path.

Students can expect to:

  • Gain professional knowledge development,
  • Develop scholarship and research abilities,
  • Enhance professional development.

There are four specializations in the Master of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Consumer Affairs
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management

Interested students should contact the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Graduate Coordinator at (562) 985-4484. Online information can be found at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/fcs/programs/graduate/MADegree.htm.

Admission

Prospective applicants must comply with University requirements for admission to graduate studies as outlined in the CSULB Catalog. Students must concurrently submit application to the University Admissions and Records office and the Department. A cohort of students will be admitted each Fall semester.

Admission Requirements to the Department

Admission to the Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences is dependent upon approval by the Graduate Coordinator. The application requirements for prospective graduate students for the Master of Arts degree are:

  1. At least a 2.5 grade-point average in the most recently completed 60 units of course work.
  2. A copy of the application submitted to the University Office of Admissions and Records.
  3. Official transcripts of your baccalaureate degree. (These are in addition to those transcripts required for general admission to California State University, Long Beach).
  4. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from previous instructors).
  5. Submission of official copy of Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A minimum score of 4 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE (taken in the last five years) is required and is an acceptable substitution for passing the Writing Proficiency Exam/Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (WPE/GWAR) for the Consumer Affairs, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Fashion Merchandising areas of specialization. A minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE is required for the Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management area of specialization or the WPE/GWAR must be passed within the first year of the program.
  6. Additional materials that provide evidence of academic performance may be requested (at a later date) after review of applicant’s file.
  7. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator.
  8. DEADLINES FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT GRADUATE COORDINATOR: MAY 1ST FOR FALL ADMISSIONS.

Prerequisites

  • 1. Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisite requirements prior to enrolling in 500/600 level courses.
    • A. The Graduate Coordinator and/or faculty advisor will evaluate transcripts. The student who needs to complete prerequisite deficiencies must do so using a program of study developed with the specialization area faculty advisor and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.
    • B. The student who needs to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must do so within one year of admission.
  • 2. Students from other disciplines will be required to complete prerequisite courses before enrolling in 500/600 level courses.
  • 3. Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within five years of taking the graduate courses. If the prerequisite is outdated, the prerequisite(s) must be repeated or credit obtained by examination.
  • 4. Students deficient in undergraduate preparation must take courses to remove these deficiencies at the discretion of faculty in the specified subject matter area and the Graduate Coordinator. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be included in the graduate program of study.

Retention

  1. Maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average in all graduate work completed at CSULB and all graduate work transferred to meet graduate requirements.
  2. Maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree objective.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Satisfactory completion of the Writing Proficiency Examination/Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (WPE/GWAR).
  2. Minimum of 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 average in all units undertaken for the approval program of study.
  3. Complete EDP 419; FCS 561, 563, 605, 655A, and 696.
  4. Approval of the Graduate Coordinator, and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
  5. Enrolled in the semester in which the Advancement to Candidacy takes place.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Completion of a minimum of 34 units of approved upper division and graduate courses with a minimum of 21 units in FCS.
  2. Completion of EDP 419 and FCS 561, 563, 605, 655A, 696, 697, 692 or 698 and 9 units of Advisor approved courses in the area of specialization (Consumer Affairs, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Fashion Merchandising or Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management).
  3. Completion of an oral presentation of the Thesis or Directed Project report.

Master of Science in Nutritional Science (code FCS_MS01)

The Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Science offers 3 emphases: Clinical/Community Nutrition, Food Science, and Foodservice Systems Management. These provide an opportunity for students to:

  1. Specialize in nutrition therapy/community nutrition, food science or hospitality foodservice and hotel management;
  2. Complete a master’s degree and the academic requirements to qualify for membership in the American Dietetic Association concurrently and become eligible to apply to the Approved Dietetic Internship;
  3. Increase competence in food and nutrition subject matter in preparation for college teaching, research, graduate study beyond the master’s degree and administrative positions in public and private agencies.

Admission Criteria

Prospective applicants must comply with University requirements for admission to graduate studies as outlined in the CSULB catalog. Students must concurrently submit applications to the University Admissions and Records Office and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Admission to the Master of Science in Nutritional Science is dependent upon approval by the Graduate Coordinator. The applicant must submit the following materials to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

  1. A copy of the completed application submitted to the CSULB Office of Enrollment Services.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate course work.
  3. Three letters of recommendation with at least two from instructors who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s scholastic ability and professional qualifications.
  4. A bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 undergraduate units attempted.
  5. An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years. A minimum score of 900 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 4 on the Analytical Writing section of the general GRE (taken after October 2002).
  6. THE DEADLINES FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT GRADUATE COORDINATOR ARE MAY 1ST FOR FALL ADMISSIONS AND NOVEMBER 1ST FOR SPRING ADMISSIONS.

NOTE: Dietetic internship applicants have been assigned specialized deadlines to apply for the MS Nutritional Science degree. Please refer to the information under the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Accredited Dietetic Internship immediately following the M.S. requirements section.

Prerequisites

1. Students may be admitted to the program under conditional status for several reasons. Students are responsible for meeting all conditional requirements to be removed from conditional status prior to enrolling in 500/600 level courses.

  • A. Students who need to bring their GPA up to 3.0 must achieve a GPA of 3.0 within one year of admission. The Graduate Coordinator, in consultation with the student and faculty advisor, will identify courses after evaluation of transcripts. Courses taken to raise the GPA may not be included in the graduate program of study.
  • B. The student who needs to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must do so within one year of admission and must attempt to satisfy the GWAR the first semester of enrollment. A minimum of 4 on the Analytical Writing section of the general GRE fulfills this requirement.
  • C. The student who needs to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must do so within one year of admission.
  • D. The student who needs to complete prerequisite deficiencies must do so using a program of study developed with the specialization area faculty advisor and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

2. Students from other disciplines will be required to complete prerequisite courses before enrolling in 500/600 level courses.

3. Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within seven years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it may be repeated or credit obtained by written examination. Specifically, basic biological science courses and foundation nutrition and food science courses are evaluated for currency. The department administers a proficiency examination covering the content of NUTR 331A and FSCI 332 courses for students in all emphases who have not taken these courses or their equivalents within the past five years. In addition, NUTR 331B course content will be included in the proficiency examination for students in the Nutrition Therapy/Community Nutrition emphasis. Any student failing to pass the proficiency examination with a grade of “B” or better must take the appropriate course for credit.

4. Entering graduate students will meet with the Graduate Coordinator to prepare a tentative degree program. In order to enroll in any graduate course, the student must complete all prerequisites and deficiencies and must obtain approval from the Graduate Coordinator.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Satisfy the general University requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.
  2. Complete 9 units of graduate courses, including FCS 696.
  3. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  4. Maintain a 3.0 GPA for all course work attempted as a graduate student.
  5. Complete a Program of Study in consultation with a faculty advisor.
  6. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

  • 1. Completion of a minimum of 34-36 units depending on concurrent completion of a dietetic internship;
  • 2. An advanced statistics course: EDP 519 or H/SC 503 or KIN 590 or a course approved by the faculty advisor;
  • 3. At least 18 units of 500/600 level courses in Family and Consumer Sciences:
    • A. Nutritional Science without Dietetic Internship (34 units): FCS 530A, 530B, 531 or 533, 636, 696, 697, 692 or 698, and 9 units of advisor approved area of specialization courses.
    • B. Nutritional Science with Dietetic Internship (36 units): FCS 530A, 530B, 531 or 533, 591A (6 units), 591B (2 units), 636, 696, 697, 692 or 698 and 3 units of advisor approved area of specialization courses.
    • C. Food Science (34 units): FCS 530A, 530B, 532, 533, 535, 592, 597, 696, 697, 698, and advisor approved specialization courses.
    • D. Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management (34 units): FCS 574, 597, 655A, 696, 697, 692 or 698, plus 9 units of advisor approved specialization courses.
  • 4. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • 5. A written Thesis or a Directed Project; and,
  • 6. Oral presentation of the Thesis or Directed Project.

American Dietetic Association (ADA)

Accredited Dietetic Internship (DI)

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a combined Master of Science in Nutritional Science and DI supervised practice. This experience fulfills the registration eligibility requirements of the ADA to become a Registered Dietitian. Upon successful completion of the DI, the student will be eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

The DI requires 1,093 hours total, with 928 hours of practice divided into four emphases: nutrition therapy, foodservice systems management, community and business/entrepreneurial nutrition. The Seminar in Dietetic Practice constitutes the remaining 165 hours of the DI. The supervised practice is conducted off campus at a variety of excellent facilities. Opportunities exist in acute and long-term health care sites, as well as in teaching, research, community and governmental agencies. Students will receive training in general dietetics with experiences that expose them to various specialty areas.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics as stipulated by ADA with an original verification statement from a Didactic Director;
  2. Earned baccalaureate degree;
  3. GPA 3.0/4.0 scale required on the last 60 units of courses completed;
  4. Related volunteer or work experience in the United States;
  5. Graduate standing in the CSULB Master of Science, Nutritional Science program;
    NOTE: Dietetic internship applicants must apply on or before February 1st to the MS Nutritional Science degree program to coincide with the Fall admission to the DI program.
  6. Application materials to Dietetic Internship Director by February 1st including three letters of recommendation, formal ADA application, a $45 application fee, and copies of all college transcripts; and
  7. Personal interview with Program Director and review committee.

Program Requirements

Upon satisfactory completion of the Supervised Practice in Dietetics: FCS 591A, the Seminar in Dietetic Practice: FCS 591B, and the completion of two of the four core graduate courses, FCS 530A, 531, 533, 530B or equivalent with a grade of “A” or “B”, the student will be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) exam sponsored by the American Dietetic Association.

The 6 units of required graduate courses, the 2 units of 591B and 6 units of FCS 591A are applicable toward the M.S. degree in Nutritional Science. Completion of the M.S. degree is not a requirement for completion of the Dietetic Internship. Students can view details of this program at www.csulb.edu/~gcfrank .

Career opportunities include: clinical dietitian; consultant; entrepreneur; community nutritionist; foodservice manager in hospitals, schools, universities, airlines, businesses; manager in restaurant, hotel, or lodging industries; researcher in the medical, food or nutrition industry, and government inspector in the food industry.