M.Sc. On Campus

Nutritional Science

California State University Chico

60 months
15444 USD/year
15444 USD/year
9108 USD/year
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The Nutritional Science degree at California State University Chico will prepare students to apply their knowledge and skills for careers that require a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential, other nutrition-related careers, and careers in nutrition management.


Courses in the option in General Dietetics meet the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Commission for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The Nutritional Science program is offered at 

Faculty and Facilities

Faculty members, in addition to teaching and advising, are actively involved in research and other professional activities. Facilities include a food and sensory laboratory for courses and research in food science and nutrition. Students learn to use software programs for nutrition analyses, food cost control, and recipe and menu evaluation. Externships are coordinated for majors in a variety of community settings such as the programs associated with the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC).

Career Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 21% from 2012-22 as a result of the role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes. More dietitians will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health. An aging population will boost the demand for dietitians in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The demand for nutrition managers is strong. The fastest growing segment is in the area of eldercare. Nutrition managers in schools will need expertise in child nutrition programs.

Graduates may also work in food service and processing industries, food safety and inspection services, wellness programs, public communication, and product development and promotion.

Nutrition and Food Science majors gain knowledge and skills in nutrition communication and education, nutrition and disease, community nutrition, food science, and foodservice management.

The Minor in Nutrition offers an area of specialization for majors in exercise physiology, child development, nursing, health science, and others.

The Minor in Foodservice Administration offers an area of specialization for majors in business administration, management, marketing, recreation, and tourism.

The mission of the MS program in Nutritional Science offered by California State University Chico is to provide educational experiences for students to increase their expertise in the science of nutrition and nutrition education. Students gain confidence in conducting and analyzing research. The program will prepare students to become competent, evidence-based nutrition professionals and practitioners. The Option in General Nutritional Science is designed to increase competence in the science of nutrition and the Option in Nutrition Education is designed specifically to facilitate nutrition professionals in communicating information to promote optimal health and nutritional status.

A post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship, which is accredited by ACEND, is available for graduate students who wish to become eligible to sit for the registration examination to become registered dietitian nutritionists and who are enrolled in the MS in Nutritional Sciences program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Statistical Methods for Graduate Research
  • Research Methods in Nutritional Sciences
  • Topics in Macronutrients
  • Topics in Vitamins and Minerals
  • Professional Paper
  • Master's Thesis
  • Nutrition Program Management and Administration
  • Advanced Nutrition Counseling
  • Topics in Community Nutrition
  • International Issues in Nutrition
  • Topics in Clinical Nutrition
  • Independent Study

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • To be admitted to graduate and postbaccalaureate study, a student must hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or must have completed an equivalent acceptable to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University, Chico.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a master's degree must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units of course work attempted and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units attempted. Applicants for unclassified status, such as qualifying for a teaching credential, must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their last 60 semester units of course work attempted.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15444 USD/year
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  • National

    15444 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    9108 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9108 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Chico

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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