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Admission Requirements to MS Program

Prospective students must comply with University requirements for admission to the graduate studies program at CSULB as outlined in the CSULB Catalog. All application materials must be received by February 15th for admission the following fall. (There are no Spring admissions.)

Please note that DPD course work CANNOT be completed through the MS Program.

The requirements for prospective graduate students for the Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science are:

  1. A bachelor's degree in Nutrition or Dietetics with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 undergraduate units attempted.
  2. Completion of all prerequisite for 500/600 level courses prior to admission. The pre-reqs include these four courses: NUTR 335: Nutrition Assessment, NUTR 436B: Advanced Nutrition, NUTR 461: Community Nutrition, and an upper division (300/400 level) stats course.*
  3. Demonstration of writing proficiency. Two options are offered: submission of a writing sample OR a minimum score of 4 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. See Application Process and Deadlines for additional details.
  4. A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) if the applicant's native language is not English and preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.

*Prerequisites for all courses carrying graduate credit must have been completed within five years of taking the graduate courses. If any prerequisite is outdated, it may be repeated or credit obtained by written examination.

Additional Admission Criteria for Students Choosing the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) Emphasis

  1. Completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics with an original Verification Statement from the Didactic Program Director;
  2. Related volunteer or work experience in the United States;
  3. Completion of the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application by February 15th;
  4. Additional application materials to Internship Program Director by February 15th which includes a nutrition-related experience worksheet and a GPA calculation sheet (both forms can be downloaded from the Internship Program website);
  5. Interview with Program Director and review committee.

Additional Questions?

For additional questions regarding the MS in Nutritional Science program can contact the Graduate Assistant. Email is currently the best method of contact. The Graduate Assistant can set up a ZOOM call if you would like to schedule a meeting.