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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences

A student who successfully completes this program will receive both a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health . Students can obtain M.S. with a thesis, report, or coursework-only option.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met before an individual can be admitted into this program:

  • Student must be currently seeking a B.S. degree in Human Nutrition at K-State.
  • Student must have completed at least 75 credit hours towards the B.S. degree.
  • The student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.25 at the time of application.
  • Student must have already completed the following courses as part of their undergraduate program at the time of application: MATH 100 or MATH 220, BIOL 198, CHM 350 or CHM 531, and HN 400, or equivalent courses. Provisional admission may be granted to applicants who have not yet completed one or more of these courses at the time of application.
  • Prospective students please visit http://www.he.k-state.edu/fndh/grad/requirements.html .  For international students, please check the Graduate School requirements for English proficiency at http://www.k-state.edu/grad/students/international.html.
  • A FNDH faculty member must agree to be an applicant’s advisor/major professor before a recommendation can be made for admission.

Application Process

The application process is the same as for the traditional M.S. degree except that completion of the B.S. degree is not required at the time of application

  • Complete K-State Graduate School application online, and submit application fee following instructions provided.
  • Student must submit a statement of academic objective(s) and preferred primary advisor with the application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) of all undergraduate work must be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Programs in FNDH.

Program Formats and Guidelines

Since there is some overlap between undergraduate and graduate study, some graduate courses will satisfy the degree requirements for the undergraduate degree. A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours from the M.S. Nutrition, Dietetics and Sensory Sciences (NDSS) degree can be counted toward the B.S. FNDH degree. Students should sign up for these courses as graduate credit. The M.S. program in the FNDH department has thesis, report, and coursework-only formats as follows *:

Courses Thesis Report Coursework Only
STAT 701, STAT 703 or STAT 705 3 3 3
FNDH 880 Seminar 1 1 1
Thesis 6 0 0
Report 0 2 0
Other graduate courses 20 24 31
TOTAL Graduate Credits 30 30 35

*Actual degree requirements will be summarized in the student’s program of study approved by the supervisory committee and graduate school.

Once a student is admitted to the concurrent BS/MS NDSS degree program, the student should consult the graduate handbook for policies and procedures for M.S. degrees, which include: supervisory committee, final examination, thesis defense, etc. The student will work closely with his/her major professor to form a supervisory committee and file a program of study. The student’s supervisory committee must approve the program of study, which is a statement of the student’s graduation requirements. The undergraduate advisor will continue to advise the student in academic progress toward the B.S. degree, and the major professor will supervise the student’s academic progress (including thesis, report or course-work only option) for the M.S. degree.

If the student is approved for admission by the HN Graduate Admissions Committee, admission will be provisional until the student receives the B.S. degree. The student must complete all B.S. FNDH undergraduate requirements with the exception that up to 9 credit hours taken for graduate credit can also count toward his/her undergraduate degree requirements.

A B.S. degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements; but must be awarded either prior to or concurrently with the M.S. degree.

In the event that a student begins this program, but does not wish to finish the M.S. FNDH degree requirements, he/she must change the nine credit hours of his/her graduate classes to undergraduate credit and then he/she will receive a B.S. degree.

Any student who has already graduated with a B.S. in Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health at K-State may not enroll in the concurrent B.S./M.S. program. The student must apply for this program and be accepted before receiving the B.S. degree.