Aug 15, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family and Consumer Sciences, M.S.

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CIP Code:  19.0101


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.

Concentration in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Cognate/Electives - 6 hours

Students are to take 6 hours of graduate-level elective courses, which can be in FCSG or other graduate departments, such as Counselor Education.

Thesis Option - 3 hours

Non-Thesis Option (Internship) - 3 hours

Total Credit Hours in HDGS Concentration - 36 hours

Concentration in Textiles and Apparel (TA)

TA Concentration Courses - 12 hours

Twelve hours of textile and apparel concentration courses can be selected from the following list of courses.  (Note that at least one course is offered each Fall and Spring semester on a rotating basis.)

Cognate/Electives - 6 hours

Students are to take 6 hours of graduate-level elective courses, which can be in FCSG or other graduate departments, such as Counselor Education.

Thesis Option - 3 hours

Non-Thesis Option (Internship) - 3 hours

Total Credit Hours TA Concentration - 33 hours

Concentration in Nutritional Sciences (NS)

The Concentration in Nutritional Sciences offers 4 tracks; NS, NS-RD,DIP-NS continuing and NS-DIP. The NS track is for general students. The NS-RD track is for students who are Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionists of dietetic interns at other institutions and allows 6 graduate credit for their completed dietetic internship. The DIP-NS Continuing track is for NCCU dietetic interns who have earned 15 graduate credits as part of the dietetic internship and choose to continue into the master’s degree program. The DIP-NS Continuing track will be discontinued in 2024. The NS-DIP is a combined master’s degree and dietetic internship for students with a DPD verification statement. 

Professional Core - 6 hours

Elective - 6 hours

Any Counseling; Human Development; or Nutrition Elective

Internship - 3 hours

Total Credit Hours in NS Concentration - 33 hours

* Total Credit Hours in NS-RD Concentration - 27 hours

Exit Requirements

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required.
  2. Successful completion of at least 36 credit hours for either the Thesis or Non-Thesis options is required.
  3. Successful completion of a written Comprehensive Examination is required 80% minimum is required
  4. Successful completion of a three-credit internship program project( FCSG 6000  ), including passing an oral exam is required.

Concentration in Nutritional Sciences for Combined MS and Dietetic Internship Program (NS-DIP track)

I. Admissions Requirements

Students interested in applying for the DI program should go to the website and search for the Dietetic Internship program. Use the ” Student Info Guide & Application” link to access the Student Application Information Guidelines. The NS-DIP track does not require DICAS and D&D Digital participation. Applicants will apply in the Fall by the deadline posted on the NCCU DIP website and will be notified by December 15th. 

The DIP is a very competitive program. Up to 20 students can be accepted each year. Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, human nutrition, foods and nutrition, or a related area from an ACEND accredited didactic program is a basic requirement. Applicants to the NS-DIP track within the MS Family -Consumer Sciences at NCCU must meet the following requirements:

  1.  Meet DIP admission requirements as well as graduate school admission requirements.
  2. Submit a graduate school application online with associated application fees at
  3. Submit a Supplement DI program application and processing fee of $50. Required materials and deadline are posted on the NCCU DIP website.
  4. Submit an official transcript with Bachelor of Science degree showing day,month,and year of graduation.
  5. Submit verification Statement (vs) from an approved undergraduate program bearing an original signature of the program director or declaration of intent to graduate from an ACEND approved program. Students without a VS must take approved prerequisite courses to earn a B.S Verification statement. NCCU does not accept a VS older that 4 years.
  6. GPA requirement: minimum cumulative grade point average, professional Didactic program in Dietetics (DPD) grade point average, and biological ,natural and physical sciences grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00- point scale.
  7. Completion of the GRE within the last 4 years. For scoring purposed, a preferred GRE score in the 50th percentile and above.
  8. Submit work experience; academic honors;volunteer and community service activities.
  9. Perform personal fact-to-face, telephone, or WebEx interview.
  10. Applications will be evaluated using the Rating Scale for Evaluation of Applicants for admission into NS-DIP track within the MS in Family of Consumer Science degree program.
  11. Program Deposit Fee of $450 is required when admitted into the program. Check should be made payable to NCCU-DIP.

Application and Fee in one Package addressed to :

Esther C. Okeiyi, PhD, RD, LDN
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Department of Human Sciences
North Carolina Central University
P.O. Box 19615
Durham, NC 27707

Professional Core - 6 hours

Electives - 3 hours

Any graduate-level Counseling; Human Development- or Nutrition Elective

Dietetic Internship - 6 hours

Total Credit Hours in NS-DIP Concentration - 18 hours

Overall Credit Hours in NS Concentration - 33 hours

Exit Requirements

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required.
  2. Successful completion of at least 9 credit hours of required DIP courses is required as well as 15 hours of community service and attendance of the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE).
  3. Successful completion of 6 credit hours of supervised internship practice is required.
  4. Performance survey completed by site preceptor must show evidence of performing as an entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in all rotations,
  5. Successful completion of a RDN Comprehensive Examination 85% minimum is required.
  6. Met all RDN eligibility Requirement evidence by VS.
  7. Agree to take RDN exam within 12 months of completing the program.


Contingent upon approval, students can continue into the MS degree graduate program to complete the remaining 18 credits of the 33 total graduate course hours in the DIP-NS continuing track until 2023. Starting in 2023, students will be required to have a master’s degree to be eligible for the DIP.

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