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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I find out if I have met all the requirements for admission?

First review the program's admission requirements.

If you have further questions about the application process you can email the Graduate Assistant, call the office at 562.985.7493, or stop by FCS-005A during office hours.

What if my undergraduate degree is not in nutrition or a nutrition-related field?

According to the catalog, a student must have a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, or related field AND have completed all prerequisites for 500 level courses prior to admission. With the completion of these prerequisites being a hard requirement, it is more feasible for someone with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition to apply for our program. However, if you are a student from an undergraduate background other than nutrition and are still interested in applying, you would be eligible to apply after completing the following prerequisites and their prerequisites:

 

CSULB MS in Nutritional Science Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the CSULB MS in Nutritional Science Prerequisites found on the left

NUTR 436B: Advanced Nutrition II

NUTR 331: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (prerequisites for NUTR 331 include BIOL 207: Human Physiology, NUTR 132: Introductory Nutrition, NUTR 234: Orientation to Nutrition and Dietetics)

CHEM 220B or CHEM 227: Organic Chemistry (prerequisites for CHEM 227 are CHEM 111A or CHEM 112A: General Chemistry)

NUTR 335: Nutrition Assessment

NUTR 331: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (prerequisites for NUTR 331 include BIOL 207: Human Physiology, NUTR 132: Introductory Nutrition, NUTR 234: Orientation to Nutrition and Dietetics)

NUTR 461: Community Nutrition

NUTR 331: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (prerequisites for NUTR 331 include BIOL 207: Human Physiology, NUTR 132: Introductory Nutrition, NUTR 234: Orientation to Nutrition and Dietetics)

and

NUTR 336: Social and Cultural Aspects of Food and Health (prerequisites for NUTR 336 include NUTR 132: Introductory Nutrition, SOC 335: Social Psychology)

Upper Division Statistics course

GE math ready

 

Does this program make me eligible to become a registered dietitian?

Those who complete the CSULB Dietetic Internship combined with the MS in Nutritional Science Program will be eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam and become a dietitian. Completion of the MS in Nutritional Science program alone, however, does not make you eligible. For more information on the steps to become a dietitian, please visit Eat Right Pro

Where do I start if I am an international student?

International Students must go through the College of Professional & International (CPIE) before they can be admitted to the University.

In addition, you will need to apply to the department following the instructions posted on our website.

Graduate Advisors for the M.S. in Nutritional Science Program

Last Name A-E:
Dr. Gail Frank, MPH, RD, CHES 562.985.4494

Last Name F-J:
Dr. Rachel Blaine, D.Sc., MPH, RD 562.985.2141

Last Name K-N:
Dr. Michelle Barrack, PhD, MS, RD 562.985.4545

Last Name O-S:
Dr. Virginia Gray, PhD, RD 562.985.4482

Last Name T-Z:
Dr. Long Wang, PhD, MD, RDN 562.985.7492

Graduate Advisor for Food Science:

Last Name: A-Z:
Dr. Cheryl Rock, PhD 562.985.4497

What grade point average is required for admission?

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 undergraduate units are required for admission to M.S degree program.

If my bachelor’s degree was earned several years ago, do I have to repeat courses?

If prerequisite courses are more than 5 years old, you will be expected to update the undergraduate prerequisite course before beginning graduate study. However, you may petition to waive some prerequisite courses by examination. Discuss specific courses with the Graduate Advisor.

When is the deadline to apply for the M.S. in Nutritional Science Program?

The deadline for the application is February 15th  for fall admissions. We do not accept applications for spring admission.

How many units may be transferred from a previous graduate program?

Up to 30% of the total required units for your program may be transferred from another program; this amount of transfer units may be any combination of units, taken at another university, and/or College of Professional & International (CPIE) at CSULB. The transferred units must come from appropriate graduate-level courses. Courses will be disqualified after 5 years; so a student may only use courses that have been completed during the 5 years preceding graduation. This policy applies to courses taken at CSULB as well.

Students in the M.S. in Nutritional Science program who have courses (including transfer courses) required for the degree that is more than 7 years old must revalidate these courses according to University policy in order to continue in the degree. The faculty advisor and student will select from the following options for revalidation, based on the student’s current academic performance for each graduate course in the student’s program of study that is more than 7 years old:

1.    The exact or equivalent course is retaken at CSULB with a minimum grade of B.

2.     An independent study course involving similar content and the same number of units is completed with minimum grade of B.

Further information about graduate degree regulations can be found in the university catalog

What is the cost of the program?

Information about current tuition and fees for CSULB students is available on the Tuition and Fees page

How can I find the Schedule of Classes?

Updated: December 2020