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Nutritional Science MS degree


Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Science

The Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science is an individualized program designed to develop specialized professional competence in selected areas of dietetics, nutrition, and food science. The program is designed for students preparing 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

Admission to the graduate program in Nutrition is a two-step process. First, students must be admitted to the University by satisfying the University requirements which are listed in the online University Catalogue under the Nutritional Science Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Nutritional Science Admission Requirements. Secondly, the department will review the application pool and select applicants meeting all requirements and based on their readiness for study.

Information about how to apply can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

To apply, please visit Cal State Apply.

Students must select the Nutritional science MS degree program and provide the requested material online.

Note: GRE requirement is waived for admission in Fall 2022.

Applications deadline: February 15, 2022

To be accepted, students must have a grade point average of at least 3 from the last 90 quarter units (60-semester units) and appropriate undergraduate preparation in nutrition or in a related field. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in fields other than nutrition may be required to take an additional set of predetermined undergraduate prerequisite courses or a post-baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science specific to the various options of the graduate nutrition program.

NOTE- This program does not provide the DPD coursework to prepare you to apply to supervised practice (Dietetic Internships). You will not be issued a verification statement after the MS degree.

If you wish to be an RD and have a different background as an undergraduate, please apply for our Post Bacc. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nutritional Science program at Cal State LA provides students with the knowledge and skills required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Education (ACEND) to become an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

For more information about the Post Bacc certificate, please visit Post-Baccalaureate Program in Nutrition.

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