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Combined Degree Program: B.S. in Foods and Nutrition/M.S. in Nutrition

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Combined Degree Program (B.S. in Foods & Nutrition/M.S. in Nutrition) through the undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics Track. The M.S. program emphasizes nutrition and health promotion, wellness, leadership, and health advocacy. Eligible undergraduate students can earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in a unique combined program format. Students complete 9 graduate credits in partial fulfillment of the 30 credits required for the M.S. degree in Nutrition during their senior/fourth year of study. These 9 credits also fulfill the ND track requirements.

Eligible undergraduate students can earn a combined B.S./M.S. degree for a total of 141 credits. Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 undergraduate degree credits and 30 graduate-level degree credits of which 9 credits overlap in partial fulfillment of the combined degree requirements. The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded upon completion of 120 credits, which must meet all CSE Essential general education and Nutrition and Dietetics (ND) Track requirements. Students completing the combined degree also fulfill the ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification requirements. This statement will be issued upon completion of the B.S. Degree requirements.

Students interested in the B.S./M.S. program option, must be a major in Foods and Nutrition ND track and meet the program's eligibility criteria.

  • Students must have established senior-level standing, or completion of 90 credits.
  • Complete the prerequisites to the M.S. in Nutrition program coursework: Human Physiology, Introductory and Organic Chemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry I and II (or the equivalent) and Statistics.
  • Students seeking a first degree must show adequate progress towards completion of the CSE Essentials general education program.
  • Hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in both College of Saint Elizabeth and all schools attended.
  • Demonstrate academic achievement in the ND Track (minimum of 3.2 GPA in the ND core and sciences), leadership and potential to complete rigorous coursework, to ensure academic success in completion of the M.S. degree requirements.

Students wishing to complete the B.S./M.S. option must apply and be recommended by faculty for formal acceptance. Students wishing to complete this option should obtain an application between August 1st and September 1st of the senior year. The application is due to the Director of the Graduate Program by September 15th. A decision will be made by October 1st. Combined degree students should maintain continuous matriculation. This program is designed for full-time enrollment. Students wishing to complete the program on a part-time basis are advised to plan their program carefully to avoid interruptions in course offerings.

Students in the combined degree complete the following ND Track credits for graduate credit transfer: FN501 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 credits), FN503 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 credits) and FN500 Community Nutrition (3 credits). Students enrolled in the B.S./M.S. must earn a course grade of "B" or better in all courses taken to remain in the combined degree program.

The nine (9) graduate-level ND Track credits may only be applied to the M.S. in Nutrition Program and cannot be applied to another graduate program or the combined M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program.