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Graduate Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences

The graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences offers two concentration areas: Human Development and Family Studies or Nutritional Sciences. Both concentration areas lead to a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Human Development & Family Studies Concentration, M.S. Family & Consumer Sciences

The Human Development & Family Studies concentration prepares students to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the study of a variety of topics, including: human growth and development across the lifespan, principles of leadership and supervision, changing family structures, program evaluation techniques, and curriculum and program planning.  The concentration requires 36 graduate credits and offers a thesis and non-thesis (internship) option.

Program Requirements for Human Development & Family Sciences Concentration

Nutritional Sciences Concentration, M.S. Family & Consumer Science

The Nutritional Sciences Concentration is an online program which prepares students with advanced training in nutritional sciences, education and research. There are tracks available for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists/dietetic interns or students/health professionals with interest in advanced training in nutritional sciences. The concentration requires 33 graduate credits which includes an internship requirement. Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists or non-NCCU dietetic interns receive 6 transfer credits for their dietetic internship experience reducing required course hours to 27 credits. 

Tracks available in the Nutritional Science Concentration:

  • NS-Track - The NS track is the traditional track for students or health professionals interested in nutritional sciences that are not already Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDN) or dietetic interns.
  • NS-RDN Track - The NS-RDN track is for Registered Dietitians / Nutritionists (RDN) and dietetic interns from other institutions and acknowledges their 1200 hours of supervised practice by crediting them with 6 internship credits reducing the required graduate credits to the remaining 27 credits.
  • NS-DIP Track - The NS-DIP is for dietetic interns in the dietetic internship program (DIP) at NCCU. As part of the NCCU DIP, students complete 15 graduate credits and 6 internship credits. When these students enter the MS-DIP, they only need to complete the remaining 18 credits to earn an MS degree. The NCCU DIP has a separate application process. See the NCCU DIP website for more information: http://www.nccu.edu/development/academics/sc/socialsciences/humansciences/dip/index.cfm (insert link to DIP)

Program Requirements for Nutritional Sciences Concentration

Admission Requirements for the M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences

For an unconditional admittance, the prospective student needs to have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, preferably in a major focusing on their proposed area of concentration. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0, or who majored in another area may be considered for conditional admittance.  Students must have a minimum of two letters of recommendation, preferably from current or former faculty who can evaluate the student’s ability to handle graduate work. Students must also submit a personal statement that discusses in detail why the individual wants to pursue an MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Work and volunteer experience in the field is also evaluated. The Department of Human Science uses a rubric for evaluating each applicant and scores points for: overall GPA, Personal Statement, Letters of Recommendation, and Work, Volunteer, or Internship experience. The GRE is not required.

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