Students must concurrently submit applictions 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.
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 for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within five years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it may be repeated or credit obtained by written examination.
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.
Consult Grad Student Checklist 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. (Definition taken from CSULB Catalog.)
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
4. Complete Oral presentation of the Thesis or Directed Project. (guidelines)
5. Complete additional requirements for completion of the MS/IPND
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:
Library 104 West
Please refer to department graduate bulletin board for thesis and project deadlines.
Please refer to the Thesis and Disertation Office website for the policy an n d procedures for sumbitting a thesis. Access the thesis author online submission form from the Thesis and Disseratation Office website at:
For information on thesis information, visit the following link
* Change in Program of Study MA/MS (.pdf)
* Process for Enrolling in FCS 697 (MS Word)
* Signature Page Template for Thesis/Directed Projct Proposal (MS Word)
Directed Project Requirements (FCS 692) MS
*Nutritional Science Requirements (MS) (MS Word)