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 graduate faculty after the first semester.

For exemplary master’s students, a bypass to the Ph.D. degree may be possible after the first year.  Among other things, the decision is based on the student’s academic performance during the first year of study. A GRE score will be required for students applying to the doctoral program via bypass.


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.
Admission to the graduate program is term specific. Therefore, if you are unable to attend the term in which you were admitted, you will need to reapply for a future term.
*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. 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. Due to COVID-19, Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 MS Nutrition and Food Science applicants will have the GRE general test requirement waived.
  4. International students: Applicants must submit an official English Proficiency Score Report.  A TOEFL iBT® score of at least 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) or an IELTSTM Academic score of at least 6.5 is required. The department recommends 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) TOEFL for a competitive application to the doctoral program.  Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations.

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.

In order to be successful in the major, background knowledge in related sciences should be obtained. Students have the option to take the undergraduate courses prior to the start graduate program or as leveling courses during their graduate program. If electing to take these courses while in the graduate program (leveling courses), it may take additional time to complete the other degree requirements due to sequencing of classes.

Undergraduate courses recommended for the Master’s in Nutrition & Food Science program by specialization are:

Nutrition Science

Science of Nutrition (B- or better)

Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)

Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab (C or better)

Survey of Biochemistry + Lab (C or better)

Metabolism of Nutrients I (C or better)

Metabolism of Nutrients II (C or better)

Food Science

Foods + Lab (C or better)

Food Science + Lab (C or better)

Organic Chemistry I & II + Lab (C or better)

Survey of Biochemistry + Lab (C or better)

Microbiology (C or better)

If you feel you have completed or are completing an equivalent course, please contact us.

We encourage you to submit and complete your application early. The graduate admissions committee reviews completed applications throughout the open application period, which allows you to quickly receive an admissions decision.

  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 career goals. You must state whether you wish to pursue the food science or the nutrition science specialization. We want to know how your background and prior training make you the right candidate and why Florida State University is a good fit for you.  If interested in research, we strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the NIP faculty. For those that will meet DPD requirements prior to enrollment in our master’s degree program, clearly state whether you intend to separately 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 GRE test scores to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required. Due to COVID-19, Florida State University has waived the GRE test requirement for the master’s program for Fall 2022.
  4. International Students: Submit an official English Proficiency Score Report:
    • TOEFL test scores electronically from to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The university’s reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
    • IELTS Academic test scores in physical (paper) form directly from to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions at:

    Florida State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    222 S. Copeland St. / 314 Westcott Bldg
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

  5. Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript). Transcripts the applicant uploads to the application are considered unofficial.Please have official transcript sent directly from your institution to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions.
    Send Electronic transcripts to:
    Send Paper transcripts to:
    Florida State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    222 S. Copeland St. / 314 Westcott Bldg
    Tallahassee FL 32306-1410

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

For questions about the application process:

CHS Office of Graduate Studies

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