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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance

Nutrition and Food Science

Master's of Science, 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. The  Nutrition and Food Science program is preparing students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers through rigorous coursework that provide a foundation of essential scientific/technical knowledge, practical skills, and critical thinking.

The Food & Nutrition program has two areas of specialization within the Nutrition & Food Sciences major: Nutrition Science and Food Science.

nutrition science

Nutrition Science specializes in laboratory research on nutrition.

food science

Food Science explores the nature of foods, food safety, and food processing.

Dietetic Internship

For those students who wish to pursue Registered Dietitian (RD) credentials, the department offers a competitive Dietetic Internship (+DI) track.

The internship is built into the curriculum and allows students to complete the program concurrently with their degree. Master’s students that have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) undergraduate courses and are interested in working in a clinical setting may be eligible to apply.

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All admitted master’s students are assigned to the non-thesis track. To apply for the thesis track, students must be in good academic standing and have the support of your temporary advisor after the first semester.

For exemplary master’s students, a bypass to the Ph.D. degree may be possible. The decision is based on academic performance during the first year of study.

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  1. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for graduate-level work.
  2. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university.
  3. Prerequisites must be completed before you enter the program; applicants that have not completed all prerequisites as per transcripts submitted (or cannot prove that he/she will complete the courses prior to the start of the graduate program) will be denied admission. Please see individual program prerequisite courses in the appropriate tab.
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) score; recommended score of above the 50th percentile (approximately 150) in both verbal and quantitative sections with a 4.0 or higher on the writing section. Please note that it can take up to ten (10) days after sitting for the GRE for an official score report to be sent to the university.
  5. International students must have an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (TOEFL iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) to meet university requirements. Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations (i.e. IELTS).
  6. A visit to the department is encouraged. Please contact us at to schedule your visit. Before you submit your online application and pay the application fee, you should directly contact graduate faculty members in your area of interest to determine availability and recommend experiences and qualifications regarding mentorship in internships, practicum, research and other hands-on experiences.

Attainment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on assessments of all aspects of the student’s application materials. The department reserves the right to increase standards if warranted by enrollment limitations and by the number and quality of applicants. Financial aid is a separate process from the admission to a graduate program. Other requirements, outside of the admissions application, must be met to qualify for an assistantship.

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:

Nutrition Science Food Science
Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab (or the equivalent) Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab
Survey of Biochemistry + Lab Survey of Biochemistry + Lab
Metabolism of Nutrients I & II Microbiology
Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better) Foods + Lab
Science of Nutrition (B- or better); and any prerequisites for the courses listed Food Science + Lab; and any prerequisites for the courses listed
Those applying to the master’s program +DI and specializing in Nutrition Science may substitute Survey of Organic Chemistry (CHM2200) or One Semester Organic Chemistry (CHM3217) for Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab.

To be eligible to apply for the coordinated dietetic internship, students must have completed (or be in the process of completing) the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. This program admits in the fall (April 1 application deadline) and spring (October 1 application deadline) semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadlines posted.

In order to be considered for an assistantship, admissions applications should be completed earlier (February 1 for fall and July 1 for spring).

If applying for the Dietetic Internship (+DI) to start in the fall semester, all admissions application materials for the master’s program must be received by December 15 of the preceding year.

  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • Upload a one-page Statement of Purpose which briefly outlines your research interests and/or career goals.  Include how your background and prior training make you a good candidate, as well as why Florida State University is a good fit for you. You must state which specialization you wish to pursue (either Food Science or Nutrition Science). Please indicate up to three FSU faculty members in your area of specialization with whom you would like to work.  We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty. Also, please state if you intend to initially apply to the dietetic internship (see DI page to see if you qualify).
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Enter contact information for three recommenders. The system will directly contact your recommender and provide them with a link to upload their letter.  Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked for who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted as satisfying the minimum of three required recommenders.
  3. Submit official GRE test scores to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  4. International Students: Submit official TOEFL test scores to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  5. Submit official transcripts (with translations if not in English) to the FSU Office of Admissions. Even if courses are posted to another institution’s transcripts, we require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended.

Please allow a minimum of ten (10) business days for the Office of Admissions to process your incoming materials.

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