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Graduate Admission

The Master of Science in Human Nutrition

Applications for admission to the Master’s program in Human Nutrition will be processed through the university and reviewed by the nutrition program faculty in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Admission decisions are made by a committee of CSUN Nutrition faculty. The committee has adopted a Holistic Admissions Approach whereby, according to the Council of Graduate Schools, Holistic Admissions is "A process by which programs consider a broad range of characteristics, including non-cognitive and personal attributes, when reviewing applications of admission.” (CGS, 2016). The Holistic Admissions approach allows the reviewing committee to determine if the applicant has the academic qualifications, and the skills and experiences, through a variety of submitted material that will contribute to successful degree completion.

Please read all information below CAREFULLY.

For admission to this program, an applicant must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from an officially accredited university or college in any field of study.
  2. Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater for courses taken in the bachelor’s degree. Applicants with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA who can demonstrate evidence of academic acumen may submit their application for consideration.
  3. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Complete an undergraduate degree in nutrition or the following prerequisite coursework (or equivalents):
  • CHEM 101/L General Chemistry I and Lab or CHEM 103/L Intro Chemistry I and Lab,
  • CHEM 102/L General Chemistry II and Lab or CHEM 104/L Intro Chemistry II and Lab,
  • CHEM 235/L Introductory Organic Chemistry and Lab,
  • CHEM 365/L Introduction to Biochemistry and Lab,
  • BIOL 101/L General Biology and Lab,
  • BIOL 281 Human Physiology,
  • BIOL 215/L Introductory Microbiology and Lab,
  • FCS 207 Nutrition for Life,
  • FCS 307 Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients, and
  • FCS 308 Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients

         5. Apply to the university (please note that you must also apply to the department, see item #6 below).

             a. Complete the university application online by visiting Cal State Apply. For more information regarding university admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website for admission guidelines, which can be accessed here.

             b. Send your official transcripts to CSUN. More information on how to send your official transcripts to CSUN can be found here.

         6. Submit all of the following documents directly to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences through ApplyWeb for admission consideration for both options (Human Nutrition and Dietetic Internship).

  • Resume: We invite applicants to share educational and professional backgrounds on their resume. In addition, some things to consider including are: volunteer experience, professional association memberships, proficiencies, languages spoken, etc. For reference, please see the provided information on resume writing and example.
  • Supplemental Essay/Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose (1000 words or less) describing the applicant’s interest in the MS in Human Nutrition at California State University, Northridge. It can include a description of any previous professional experiences and experiences overcoming challenges, and/or coursework that may qualify the applicant for graduate work.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for admission.  At least one of the letters must be from an instructor in the student’s undergraduate program, preferably in a science-based discipline. Letters should be addressed to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts: Please highlight the prerequisite courses on each unofficial transcript to show the prerequisites have been completed.
  • Report of GRE scores: Please note there is no minimum GRE score required for admission. However, the GRE score must be submitted with the application despite GPA.

             Please do not send any paper materials to the department office – all materials must be submitted online!

          7. Submit a completed dietetic internship application to DICAS, which requires a DPD Verification statement from an accredited program, for consideration for the Dietetic Internship option.

          8. Have the complete application and supporting documents reviewed and the applicant approved for admission by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. 

 Application Deadlines

For applicants applying to the CSUN MS in Human Nutrition, Dietetic Internship option AND/OR applicants who want to be considered for the combined CSUN/GLAVA Dietetic Internship, all application materials (department and university) must be submitted by Thursday, February 15, 2018.

For all other applicants, the application deadline for Spring 2018 admissions is Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Notification of Admission: Applicants should expect to hear of admission status AFTER May 1, 2018.

 If you have questions, please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Sussman ( , or 818-677-3051).