This accelerated pathway is intended to encourage undergraduate students who have completed their GER and NFS Major coursework in about 100 credits to remain at Hunter for their graduate coursework and will provide these students the opportunity for academic acceleration to a graduate degree.
Admission to the BS-MS accelerated track is a competitive option open to Hunter College students already in the NFS major. Only students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better from Hunter will
be considered. However, a 3.5 GPA in and of itself does not guarantee admission. Upper-division undergraduates who are currently enrolled in the Hunter NFS major may qualify to apply for this pathway if:
1. He or she was/will have completed the Hunter NFS major in Spring 2013
2. He or she will have completed 96 undergraduate credits (GER, Pluralism and Diversity, and pre-requisite coursework) by Summer of the year in which they are applying
3. Provides an official transcript verifying:
• an overall combined grade point average of at least 3.5 from all post-secondary institutions attended upon completion of 96 credits
• a grade point average of at least 3.2 in all required prerequisite courses
• no grade less than “C” for the Sciences and Statistics
• no grade less than “B” for the Introductory Nutrition and Food Science courses
While an overall GPA of 3.5 or better from Hunter college is needed to apply, due to the competitive nature of the applicant pool, the admission process favors applicants with an overall GPA greater than 3.5. The Nutrition Faculty look for those few exceptional students who not only show academic excellence and outstanding achievement but are active and self-motivated learners that demonstrate independence, initiative, and creativity. Final decisions are made by the Faculty and there are no appeals on admission decisions. We regret that we cannot reconsider students as all our decisions are final.
Since the MS-Nutrition curriculum meets the didactic program (DP) requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the credentialing arm of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it will qualify students from this BS-MS accelerated track to apply for Dietetic Internships and continue their professional preparation for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.
BS-MS Application Procedure
A BS-MS Supplemental application will be provided to NFS majors when they are in the program. If accepted into the BS-MS track, you will take graduate courses during your senior year and complete the MS-Nutrition (Didactic Program) degree one year after completing the requirements for the BS (NFS) degree. You will be admitted directly into the MS-DP program without having to take the GRE exam. Upon completion of the requirements for the MS degree, both the BS and MS degrees, and the DP completion Verification Statement will be awarded. You will pay undergraduate tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree (120 cr) and credits taken after that number toward the combined dual degree will be paid at the graduate level. If you have been provisionally accepted into the MS-DP program but fail to maintain the required GPA, you will not be admitted to the MS-DP program but will be eligible to receive a BS (NFS) degree from Hunter provided that you fulfill all other academic requirements for the UG degree.
For students in the accelerated route, the BS-MS is 137 credit program.
Download the Undergraduate Nutrition & Food Science <pdf> Information Sheet for more details.