CP: Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission Requirements

For Freshmen, Transfer, and Current Fontbonne Students:

CP applications are accepted through an internal process for students already admitted to Fontbonne University.

If you are not currently enrolled as a student, your first step will be to apply for admission. Please follow the links for application information for freshmen or transfer admission, depending on your situation (second degree seeking students should fill out the transfer application).

If you are a current Fontbonne student, please review the criteria listed below and consult with your academic advisor to determine when you are eligible to complete the CP application process.

  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours (includes transfer coursework)
  • Completion of all required prerequisite courses with a C- or better (see curriculum guide)*
  • 3.25 cumulative GPA for all coursework completed at Fontbonne**
  • Complete the free online graduate school application
    • Select M.A. in Health Advancement and Promotion/Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Select Accelerated Bridge
  • Resumé specifically highlighting work and volunteer experiences that are relevant to the nutrition and dietetics profession (include length of time/approximate number of hours for each one)
  • Personal statement answering the following prompts, at a minimum:
    • Your current interest area(s) in dietetics, and how they fit with our program’s concentration in health advancement and promotion;
    • 2 – 3 of your strengths and how they will contribute to your success in our program
    • 1 – 2 areas for improvement, and what you have done/are doing to improve upon them
    • Discussion of your most meaningful experiences (school, work, volunteer) that have contributed to your preparation for graduate school and supervised practice;
    • Explanation of why you would be a good fit for the coordinated program
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from people who can discuss your character, experience, and preparation for graduate school and/or supervised practice
    • Preferably, one academic reference from someone outside of the Family and Consumer Sciences department, and one professional reference letter from a work/practicum/volunteer supervisor

*Applications will be considered for students who will have completed at least 75% (36 credits) of prerequisite courses by the semester they plan to enter the CP

**Fontbonne Student Conditional Admission Policy: Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement at the time of application but who will be able to meet it within a reasonable amount of time may petition for conditional admission. These students must first submit a full application packet as outlined above. In the rejection letter, they will be invited to write a letter of petition outlining how they propose to meet the GPA requirement and a plan and timeline for doing so. Each case will be reviewed by the program director and program faculty, and the applicant will be informed of the committee’s decision within 30 days. If the student is admitted, the conditions of their admission will be specified in the acceptance letter and must be met in order to remain in the program.

For students who will have earned a bachelor’s degree and DPD verification from an ACEND accredited program by the semester they plan to enter the CP:

  • 3.0 overall GPA for all coursework completed*
  • Copes of official transcripts from all schools attended, submitted directly to the Office of Admissions or sent via e-transcript to fbyou@fontbonne.edu
  • Signed copy of DPD verification statement, or signed letter from your current DPD director stating that you are on track to complete your requirements by the semester you plan to begin our program (email directly to dfrench@fontbonne.edu)
  • Copies of official transcripts from all schools attended, submitted directly to the Admissions department
  • Complete the free online graduate school application
    • Select M.A. in Health Advancement and Promotion/Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Resumé specifically highlighting your work and volunteer experiences that are relevant to the nutrition and dietetics profession (include length of time/approximate number of hours for each one) *DICAS applicants may submit a copy of their application
  • Personal statement answering the following prompts, at a minimum: *DICAS applicants may submit a copy of their application
    • Your current interest area(s) in dietetics, and how they fit with our program’s concentration in health advancement and promotion;
    • 2 – 3 of your strengths and how they will contribute to your success in our program
    • 1 – 2 areas for improvement, and what you have done/are doing to improve upon them
    • Discussion of your most meaningful experiences (school, work, volunteer) that have contributed to your preparation for graduate school and supervised practice;
    • Explanation of why you would be a good fit for the coordinated program at Fontbonne University

Note: *DICAS applicants may submit a copy of their application if it adequately addresses the above items.

  • Two professional letters of recommendation from people who can discuss your character, experience, and preparation for graduate school and/or supervised practice
    • Preferably, one academic and one professional reference letter from a work/practicum/volunteer supervisor
  • Brief phone interview with director (will be scheduled once application is received)

*Graduate Program Conditional Admission Policy: Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement but who demonstrate an aptitude to succeed in the program may be admitted on a conditional basis. If admitted, the student must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA at Fontbonne University upon completion of 12 graduate credit hours. This condition must be met in order to continue in the program.

Application Process

Applications to the CP are accepted between January and May each year. The preferred deadline is April 1; however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis through the start of the desired starting semester until all spaces for first and second year students are filled. 

First year CP students typically begin the following fall semester, and second year students typically begin in the summer. This may vary depending upon the amount of coursework remaining in an individual student’s curriculum plan.

To apply to the program, submit all required materials through the online graduate application (please see the instructions and list of requirements above).

In addition to their personal statement and letters of recommendation, applicants with an existing bachelor’s degree and DPD verification must also submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. E-transcript is preferred (send to fbyou@fontbonne.edu); transcripts may also be mailed to the attention of the Department of Admissions. Qualified applicants will be contacted to set up a phone interview.

Please contact Dena French, CP director for additional information dfrench@fontbonne.edu.

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