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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Master of Science Program in Nutritional Science (code FCS_MS01)

Current Graduate Student Procedures

Consult the Graduate Student Handbook for information on procedures 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 as defined by the CSULB Catalog.

Students must complete the following steps to advance to candidacy before continuing the 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.
  • Successfully complete 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.

Note: This Program of Study must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Student must be enrolled in the semester in which the Advancement to Candidacy takes place.

Requirements for Completion of MS Degree

1. Complete a minimum of 36 units.

2. Maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

3. Complete a thesis or directed project (see Graduate Student Handbook for additional information).

4. Schedule and present an oral defense of your thesis or project with your chair and committee.

5. Complete poster presentation of the thesis or directed project.

6. For IPND Students, complete additional requirements of the MS/IPND (Dietetic Internship).

Graduate Studies (GS) 700

Students must be enrolled in the semester in which they graduate. Students may enroll in GS 700 after all coursework is complete if additional time is needed to complete the thesis or directed project. 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 106B) 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 thesis or directed project 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 submitting a thesis.  Access the thesis author online submission form from the Thesis and Dissertation Office website at: