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Family and Consumer Sciences

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nutritional Science (code FCS_MS01)

This degree offers two emphases: Nutritional Science (Nutrition Therapy/Community Nutrition) and Food Science (admission suspended until further notice).

Admission Criteria

Prospective applicants must comply with University requirements for admission to graduate studies as outlined in this 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 requirements for prospective graduate students for the Master of Science degree are:

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. A passing score on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native language is not English and preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.
  • 4. Submission of the following to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences:
    • A. A copy of the completed application submitted to the CSULB Office of Enrollment Services.
    • B. Three letters of recommendation 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.

THE POSTMARK 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 are responsible for meeting all prerequisite requirements prior to enrolling in 500/600 level courses. A program of study will be developed with the emphasis area faculty advisor and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.
  • 2. 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.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Complete 9 units of graduate courses, including FCS 696.
  • 2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA for all course work attempted as a graduate student.
  • 3. Complete a Program of Study in consultation with a faculty advisor.
  • 4. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
  • 5. Enrolled in the semester in which the Advancement to Candidacy takes place.

Retention

  • 1. Maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA in all graduate work completed at CSULB and all graduate work transferred to meet graduate requirements.
  • 2. Maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree objective.

Requirements

  • 1. Completion of a minimum of 34-36 units depending on concurrent completion of the dietetic internship;
  • 2. An advanced statistics course:
    • Take one of the following courses:
      • EDP 519, H SC 503, 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):
      • Take all of the following courses:
        • FCS 530A Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins (3)
        • FCS 530B Vitamins and Minerals (3)
        • FCS 531 Advanced Community Nutrition (3)
        • FCS 636 Nutrition and the Media (3)
        • FCS 696 Research Methods (3)
        • FCS 697 Directed Research (3)
      • Take one of the following courses:
        • FCS 692 Directed Project (1-4)
        • FCS 698 Thesis (1-4)
      • Take 9 units of advisor-approved area of specialization courses.
    • B. Nutritional Science with Dietetic Internship (36 units):
      • Take all of the following courses:
        • FCS 530A Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins (3)
        • FCS 530B Vitamins and Minerals (3)
        • FCS 531 Advanced Community Nutrition (3)
        • FCS 591A Professional Practicum in Dietetics (6)
        • FCS 591B Seminar in Dietetic Practice (2)
        • FCS 636 Nutrition and the Media (3)
        • FCS 696 Research Methods (3)
        • FCS 697 Directed Research (3)
      • Take one of the following courses:
        • FCS 692 Directed Project (1-4)
        • FCS 698 Thesis (1-4)
      • Take 3 units of advisor-approved area of specialization courses.
    • C. Food Science (34 units):
      • Admission to this emphasis is suspended until further notice.
      • Take all of the following courses:
        • FCS 530A Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins (3)
        • FCS 530B Vitamins and Minerals (3)
        • FCS 532 Food Analysis (3)
        • FCS 533 Recent Advances in Food Science (3)
        • FCS 535 Food Processing, Preservation and Packaging (3)
        • FCS 592 Internship in FCS/Gerontology (3)
        • FCS 597 Independent Study (1-3)
        • FCS 696 Research Methods (3)
        • FCS 697 Directed Research (3)
        • FCS 698 Thesis (1-4)
      • Take 3 units of advisor-approved area of specialization courses.
  • 4. A written Thesis or a Directed Project
  • 5. Oral presentation of the Thesis or Directed Project.