MS Nutrition

Program Description

The MS Nutrition program is designed to prepare graduates for advancement, specialization, and leadership in nutrition or healthcare careers. In addition, graduates will be prepared for further education in dietetic internships, professional schools, allied health professions, or doctoral studies in a number of academic areas including public health, animal science, or the social sciences. The interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Nutrition (GGN) allows students to work with faculty from several departments and to choose a research topic from a broad range of themes including human nutrition, animal nutrition, kinesiology, public health, business, or social sciences.

Students select a suggested area of emphasis (Molecular Nutrition; Public Health Nutrition; or Health and Wellness) compatible with their interests and career goals. Students will complete coursework and a research-based thesis conducted under the supervision of a committee chair.

Learning Outcomes

  • Master the fundamental principles of nutrition science
  • Demonstrate a high level of technical competency and depth of expertise in the specific area of thesis research
  • Understand and apply the scientific method to nutrition research through the design and conduct of a thesis research project
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of published research literature and the design/interpretation of a thesis research project
  • Show independent and creative thinking skills in the planning, design, and conduct of nutrition research
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills
  • Work productively, respectfully, and professionally as part of a research team and in other group settings
  • Exhibit leadership, ethical conduct, and community values
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Career Opportunities

The anticipated career paths of MS Nutrition graduates include jobs in public health, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, food industry, food service and management, and postsecondary education. The MS also prepares students for clinical science fields as well as PhD programs in a broad range of areas.

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Units to Degree Completion 45
Culminating Event Thesis
Letters of Recommendation 3
Electronic Portfolio Not Required
Competition Universities UC Davis, UCLA, CSU Long Beach, CSU San Diego
Cal Poly SLO is the only university in our region that offers a MS with an emphasis in Nutrition
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