Nutritional Science Applications Information

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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 breadth in related areas. The program is designed for persons preparing for positions as public health nutritionists or supervisors in dietetics and food production and service, or doctoral study in nutrition and dietetics.

Graduate students seeking to qualify for the Registered Dietitian examination may complete appropriate course work and clinical experiences concurrently with requirements for the master's degree by also completing courses in the Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP), or the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The CDP requires a separate application for admission.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the graduate program in Nutritional Science is limited to Fall Quarter only. Application is a two-step process.  First, graduate degree applicants must meet the university requirements for admission.  For general admissions requirements for graduate programs, refer to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

After applying on-line to the university, students must also apply to the Nutritional Science MS program (Nutritional Science MS application).  To be considered for admission into the Master of Science degree program in Nutritional Science, applicants must meet the following:

  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 in last 90-quarter units (60 semester units) attempted. An additional official transcript showing posting of bachelor’s degree must be submitted with the Nutritional Science MS application.
  • Appropriate undergraduate preparation for desired specialization within the discipline of nutritional science.
  • Two letters of recommendation sent with the Nutritional Science application.
  • Statement of goals for graduate study (page two of the application).
  • Submission of G.R.E. general test scores (completed within the past five years) with minimum scores of: Verbal-400 (146 on new test); Quantitative 500 (144 on new test); and Analytical Writing – 3.5.
  • Completion of the following prerequisites:

    BIOL 2010, 2020 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (4.0, 4.0)
    CHEM 1020 -- Fundamentals of Chemistry II (4.0)
    CHEM 3000 -- Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (4.0)
    MICR 1010 -- Introductory Microbiology (3.0)
    NTRS 2100 -- Foundations of Food (3.0)
    NTRS 3170 -- Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3.0)

Nutritional Science Graduate Student Handbook
(under revision)