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Curriculum, MS Nutritional Science

The student must complete a graduate program of at least 30 units including at least 21 units from courses listed as acceptable to the master’s degree program in nutritional sciences (see below).  At least 18 units must be in 600- and 700- numbered courses.  Required courses include six units selected from Nutrition 607, 608, 610; either Nutrition 600 or 700; and Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 601 and 602.

Courses acceptable for Master’s Degree in Nutrition:

  • NUTR 510 Nutrition and Community Health (3)
  • NUTR 596 Advanced Studies in Nutrition (1-6)
  • NUTR 600 Seminar: Foods and Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 607 Child Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 608 Geriatric Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 610 Nutrition and Energy (3)
  • NUTR 700 Seminar in Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 798 Special Study (1-3) Cr/NC/RP
  • NUTR 799A Thesis (3) Cr/NC/RP
  • NUTR 799B Thesis Extension (0) Cr/NC
  • NUTR 799C Comprehensive Examination Extension (0) Cr/NC

See the SDSU Graduate Bulletin for descriptions and prerequisites for these courses.

Thesis or Directed Readings

Students complete their degree by choosing either Plan A or Plan B. In Plan A, all students will include Nutrition 799A (thesis) for completion of their degree, accompanied by final oral examination on the thesis and on the implications of the thesis research for the broader field of nutritional sciences is also required.  If students select Plan B, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 790 (Directed Readings) is required for completion of the degree.

Time Limitation

The school expects a student to complete the degree within seven years. Failure to complete the degree requirements within seven years will result in dismissal from the program.


last updated: 6/25/2014