M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science

Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and health. Florida State University’s leading-edge programs in Nutrition and Food Science are preparing students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers through a series of rigorous courses in each program that provides a firm foundation plus essential scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills. Targeted coursework allows students to learn the professional, technical, and interpersonal aspects of their career.

The Food & Nutrition program has three (3) areas of specialization within the Nutrition & Food Sciences major: Nutrition Science, Nutrition Education & Health Promotion, and Food Science. The Nutrition Science specialization focuses on laboratory research in nutrition while the Nutrition Education & Health Promotion emphasizes nutrition counseling and community outreach. The Food Science program also has a strong research element that explores the nature of foods, food safety, and food processing.

A dietetics internship option is built into the each major's curriculum, for those who are interested in working in a clinical setting and have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).  This option only available to our graduate students and is completed in conjunction with one of the eligible degree programs.

Application Process

For requirements on applying to the program, curriculum and more information on each major, please visit the Admission Information page for the M.S. program in Nutrition and Food Science.

Prerequisite

Satisfactory grades must be earned in all prerequisite courses; minimums greater than a C are listed by the course. The required prerequisite undergraduate courses for the Master's in Nutrition and Food Science, by specialty are:

Nutrition Science
  • Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab (or the equivalent)
  • Intro to Biochemistry
  • Metabolism of Nutrients I & II
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab
    (C+ or better)
  • Science of Nutrition (B minus or better); and
  • any prerequisites for the courses listed
Nutrition Education & Health Promotion
  • Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab (or the equivalent)
  • Intro to Biochemistry
  • Metabolism of Nutrients I & II
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab
    (C+ or better)
  • Science of Nutrition (B minus or better); and
  • any prerequisites for the courses listed
Food Science
  • Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab
  • Microbiology
  • Intro to Biochemistry,
  • Foods + Lab
  • Food Science + lab; and
  • any prerequisites for the courses listed

If applying to the master’s program +DI: those majoring in Nutrition Science or Nutrition Education & Health Promotion may substitute Survey of Organic Chemistry for Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab. Students applying to any specialty listed above must have completed (or be in the process of completing) the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements before being eligible to apply for the dietetic internship.