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General Nutritional Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
, CA,
The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science is to provide students with a broad educational background in the science of food and nutrition management. Non-major students will gain an understanding of the role food plays in disease prevention and the promotion of health. The BS degree 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.

About

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).

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 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

  • Vertebrate Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry Laboratory

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 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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    2739 USD/full
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  • National Applies to you

    2739 USD/full
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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