Nutrition and Food Science

Master 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 M.S. program in nutrition and food science prepares students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers through rigorous coursework. We provide a foundation of essential scientific methods, technical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking.

Students choose to specialize in either food science or nutrition science. A dietetic internship may be available to those who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) before enrolling in our graduate program.

nutrition science

Nutrition science specializes in laboratory research on nutrition.

food science

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

All admitted 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 students, a bypass to the Ph.D. degree may be possible. The decision is based on academic performance during the first year of study.


RDN Credentials

For students who wish to receive registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credentials, the department offers a dietetic internship (DI). The internship is built into the M.S. curriculum and allows students to complete the program concurrently. Students that have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics undergraduate courses may be eligible to apply.


Final Deadline Earlier Deadlines (optional)
Must submit application by Graduate assistantship eligibility: Dietetic internship:
Fall April 1 February 1 December 15*
Spring October 1 July 1
This master’s program admits in the fall and spring semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
*If applying for the DI to start in the fall semester, all admissions application materials must be received for the master’s program by December 15 of the preceding year.
  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. (Please see individual program prerequisite courses in the appropriate tab.)
  4. A competitive 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).

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.

Satisfactory grades must be earned in all prerequisite courses; minimums greater than a ‘C’ are listed by the course. 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.

Prerequisite undergraduate courses by specialization:

Nutrition Science
Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab (or the equivalent)
Survey of Biochemistry + Lab
Metabolism of Nutrients I & II
Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)
Science of Nutrition (B- or better); 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.
Food Science
Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab
Survey of Biochemistry + Lab
Foods + Lab
Food Science + Lab; and any prerequisites for the courses listed
  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • Upload a statement of purpose outlining your research interests and career goals. Include how your background and prior training make you a good candidate; why Florida State University is a good fit for you. You must state whether you wish to pursue the food science or nutrition science specialization. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty in their area of specialization. Please indicate your top choices of faculty members with whom you would like to work. You must also state if you intend to initially apply to the dietetic internship.
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Submit contact information for two recommenders. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked with who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted.
  3. Submit official test scores (GRE and, if required, TOEFL) to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  4. Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript).

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

For questions about the application process:

CHS Office of Graduate Studies

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