Apply to the Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program in Nutritional Science


The Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program in Nutritional Science is a combined bachelor’s and master’s program. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.


All students are required to fully fulfill the program requirements prior to admission to the program.

  1. Be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (100W (Z)/GWAR prior to admission into the SAGE Scholars program).
  2. Successfully completed a minimum of 60 Nutritional Science BS applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission in the program.
  3. Completed NUFS 106A and NUFS 100W with grades of “C” or better. For the students who are currently enrolled in NUFS 106A and/or 100W, their acceptance into SAGE will be dependent on their final grades in the classes.
  4. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher.
  5. Completed all lower-division work (designated 1-99, including lower-division general education courses and American Institutions courses).

The GRE is not required for the SAGE program.

Detailed information can be found on the SAGE Program website.


Fall Semester Start 

Opens on February 1 and closes on March 1. 

Spring Semester Start

Opens on September 1 and closes on October 1.

Application Process Summary

More information can be found on the SAGE Program website

Step 1A: Department Evaluation and Admission to the SAGE Program

Student submits a SAGE Program worksheet, a transcript, a personal statement to introduce yourself and describe your strengths and your work and/or education experience, and a research statement to describe research interest and upcoming project to the Department SAGE Program coordinator, Dr. Xi Feng (, 408-924-3105).

Step 1B: Transition into SAGE Program

The SAGE advisor will submit the SAGE transition form with the student. The form is to be submitted twice during the student’s participation in the SAGE program.

Step 2: Transition into Graduate Classified Standing and Advance to Candidacy

During the semester in which a student expects to complete at least 120-degree applicable units, the advisor and student submit the SAGE transition form and attach the student’s SAGE Program worksheet.