M.S. Program in Nutritional Science

The Master of Science in Nutritional Science program offers interdisciplinary study in the field of nutrition that allows students to develop particular competencies related to their career aspirations.

The mission of the Master of Science in Nutritional Science Program is to provide a specialized course of advanced nutrition study that integrates graduate education and research to develop competent professionals prepared to meet the nutrition-related needs of the state of California, the nation, and the world.

The program offers four emphases: Nutritional Science, Latino Health and Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetic Internship, and has a variety of elective courses to meet student needs (with courses in nutrition for exercise and performance, endocrinology, molecular genetics, nutrition and aging, using media to promote nutrition, etc.).

The research experience is a key part of learning and development for students in the program.  MS in Nutritional Science students develop skills in planning, carrying out, and evaluating research activities and learn to critically use research findings to inform practice decision. Our nutrition faculty have active research agendas and provide many opportunities for student collaborations on research projects. To learn more about faculty research interests, check out the Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Our MS alumni are making an impact in a variety of practice settings, including R&D for food and supplement companies, academia, private practice, and leadership in clinical settings.


Michelle Barrack, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM
Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Graduate Coordinator

Contact information: Michelle.Barrack@csulb.edu

If you are interested in learning more about the experiences and accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni, follow us on Instagram: @csulbmsnutrition

Commitment to Diversity. In addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, CSULB and the Master of Science Program in Nutritional Science Program are committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, learn, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Programs and services to assist students can be found on the Division of Student Affairs website here.


Project HOGAR (Hispanic Opportunities for Graduate Access and Retention), in collaboration with the CSULB Dean of Graduate Studies, is pleased to announce the Graduate Travel Fellowships. These fellowships are made possible by the U.S. Dept. of Education Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) program and the CSULB Office of Academic Affairs. Check out the link below to find out more about it: Project HOGAR (PDF).

For submission deadlines, please visit the CSULB Thesis and Dissertation Office site.