Prospective applicants must comply with University requirements for admission to graduate studies as outlined in this catalog. Students must concurrently submit applications to the University Admissions and Records Office and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Admission to the Master of Science in Nutritional Science is dependent upon the recommendation by the Graduate Coordinator and the College of Health and Human Services Associate Dean. The requirements for prospective graduate students for the Master of Science degree are:
- A bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, or related field with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 undergraduate units attempted.
- A minimum score of 4 on the Analytical Writing section of the general GRE OR submission of writing sample.
- Submission of resume and three letters of recommendation with at least two from instructors who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s scholastic ability and professional qualifications.
- Completion of all prerequisites for 500 level courses prior to admission.
Cal State Apply and Program Applications must be postmarked by the deadline as seen on the Graduate Advising home page for the fall semester to receive consideration for admission.
Defense of Research Proposal
Defense of Research Proposal, Oral Defense of Thesis or Directed Project to Committee, and Poster Presentation at FCS Department Poster Session
The department offers a combined Master of Science in Nutritional Science and Internship Program in Nutritional and Dietetics (IPND) supervised practice. The IPND is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Upon successful completion of the IPND, the student will be eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The IPND’s mission is to provide contemporary training of entry-level nutrition professionals who will become valued leaders in multi-ethnic communities, healthcare programs and food production settings for the years 2012-2022. Two major goals of the IPND are:
- To prepare entry-level dietitians who can apply the science of nutrition for the well-being of individuals throughout the lifecycle, and
- To prepare graduates of a Master of Science in Nutritional Science degree who are dedicated and confident in their profession.
The Internship Program has a “Nutrition Across the Life Cycle Communication” (NALCC) Concentration. The concentration is designed to develop unique communication, education, and health promotion skills. These skills will enhance the ability of graduates to interview, counsel, and guide individuals with nutrition decisions and eating behaviors at all ages of individuals across the life cycle. In addition, the concentration prepares graduates with the ability to develop health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs for individuals and groups.
The IPND provides 1,000 hours of practicum experience (NUTR 591A: Professional Practicum in Dietetics ) within a broad array of disciplines including nutrition therapy, foodservice systems management, community and business/ entrepreneurial nutrition. The supervised practice is conducted off campus at a variety of excellent facilities including, but not limited to, medical centers, health departments, school districts and community service organizations. An additional didactic course (NUTR 591B: Seminar in Dietetic Practice ) supporting the practicum is taken and constitutes 276 hours of class time.
The student must enroll in a minimum of two full academic years to finish both the M.S. in Nutritional Science and the Internship Program. Graduate coursework is to be completed the first year (fall, spring, and summer). Supervised practice is to be completed the second year (fall and spring). The thesis or project is to be completed by the end of the second year.