MS in Nutritional Science


Our Master of Science program is designed to meet the needs of the student who has a baccalaureate degree and who wishes advanced preparation in nutrition science, nutrition education, geriatric nutrition, foodservice/restaurant management and packaging. The program is intended to prepare candidates to assume leadership roles in their profession and community, and to provide the opportunity to acquire a foundation for doctoral study.

Our MS graduates have earned doctorates, become college or university faculty, been employed in private, federal and state research institutions, or have established their own private practice or consulting business. In the process of fulfilling requirements for the MS degree, it is possible to complete the academic requirements of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics toward becoming a registered dietitian. Courses are scheduled to accommodate the time needs of working graduate students.

Program Learning Outcomes for MS in Nutritional Science

  1. To demonstrate advanced competency in professional writing and oral communication of the essential theories, scientific applications, and/or ethical considerations related to the profession.
  2. To identify and articulate social and cultural issues related to nutrition/packaging for various populations.
  3. To analyze and critique published research, and design and conduct research studies using the scientific method.

Program Information

For Prospective Students

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Adrianne Widaman 

MS application requirements and process

Course requirements

Graduate Student Handbook

For Graduate Student Support

College of Graduate Studies


MS Nutritional Science - Prospective Students FAQ - Review before emailing faculty!

MS Advising Form

  • For MS Nutritional Science plus Dietetics coursework for students with a Bachelor's degree outside the major pursing SJSU's internal Dietetics Internship.

List of faculty advisors


Research Resources

Candidacy and Graduation Deadlines

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations Candidacy and Graduation Deadlines