Jul 14, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutritional Science, M.S.

Location(s): Main Campus

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The Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science is an individualized program designed to develop specialized professional competence in the selected areas of food science, dietetics and nutrition, while also providing the breadth of knowledge in related areas. The program is designed to prepare students for positions as public health nutritionists, supervisors in dietetics and food production and service, or doctoral study in nutrition and dietetics.

Admission to the Program

Graduate degree applicants must meet the university requirements for admission, which include a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants are only considered for Fall admissions. To be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in Nutritional Science, applicants must also meet the following:

  1. Grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted. A GPA calculation sheet is required.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
  3. Statement of professional and research goals. Instructions are provided on the supplemental application.
  4. Submission of G.R.E. (completed within the past five years) with recommended minimum scores of: Verbal 400 (146 on new test); Quantitative 500 (144 on new test); and Analytical Writing 3.5.
  5. Completion of the following prerequisites.  Students who have a verification statement or are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists do not need to satisfy the following prerequisites.

Requirements for the Degree (30 units)

A total of 30 units is required, with 20 core units, 6 elective units, and up to 4 units of culminating experience.

Elective (6-10 units)

Select 6 units from the list below for students doing a thesis or project. Select 10 units from the list below for students doing the comprehensive exam:

Comprehensive Examination, Thesis or Project (0, 4 units)

Students who complete a comprehensive exam must take a total of 10 units from the electives list to reach the 30 units needed for this degree program. Students planning to take the Comprehensive Exam should enroll in NTRS 5960  during the term in which they complete all other course work listed on their course of study.

Students completing a thesis or project must complete a total of 4 units.

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