A student will be recommended for the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) Degree provided they have fulfilled the following:
- Completion of all prescribed academic requirements with:
- A cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the MSCN Program with no incomplete or unsatisfactory grades, AND
- Achievement of all ACEND FEM Graduate Program Competencies. Once competencies are achieved, the student must also demonstrate sustained performance for the duration of the program.
- Demonstration of no deficiencies in ethical, professional, or personal conduct.
- Compliance with all legal and financial requirements of University of the Pacific.
- Completion of the academic requirements within the required 150% of time frame following matriculation. MSCN graduate students are expected to complete the program in no less than 16 consecutive months and no more than 24 consecutive months.
- Completion and submission of the “Application for Graduation” to the Office of the Registrar. The registrar oversees clearing the student for graduation, which indicates that all graduate degree requirements have been completed.
Upon fulfilling all graduation and program completion requirements, a student will be issued a Verification Statement by the Program, delivered via email with an authenticated digital signature of the Program Director. This Verification Statement signifies the student’s eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitian nutritionists administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and eligibility for Active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students should retain the digital Verification Statement in their records for future use, as it may be requested for state licensure/certification and employment. The Program retains an electronic copy of the digitally signed Verification Statement indefinitely in the student/graduate file at the university. Students who have not completed all graduation and program requirements will not be issued Verification Statements, nor will their names be submitted by the Program to CDR to write the registration examination for dietitians and nutritionists. Both of these steps are required before taking the RDN exam.