Graduate Programs

The Food Science and Nutrition Department offers a master's degree in Food Science, a master's degree in Nutrition, a Dietetic Internship (DI), and a combined master's degree and dietetic (MSDI). In addition, students currently enrolled at Cal Poly as undergraduate students can apply to the blended master of science (BMS) in either food science (for food science undergraduate students) or nutrition (for nutrition students).

Our programs are for students with undergraduate preparation in food science, nutrition, or other science-based curricula. The MSDI students have a choice of a thesis or a project for their culminating experience while the traditional MS in Food Science and MS in Nutrition students are required to complete a thesis. Research areas vary with faculty expertise and interest. Graduates are prepared for further study in doctoral programs or for responsible positions in the nutrition and food industries.

If you are interested in the Food Science master's or blended program, click here.

If you are interested in the Nutrition master's or blended program, non-dietetic internship option, click here.

If you are interested in the Dietetic Internship (DI) and combined master's and DI program (MSDI), click here


General Information for FSN Graduate Programs

Application for Admission

Click here for access to the application.

Graduate School Forms, Guidelines & Handbook

Click here for access to the Forms, Guidelines, and Handbook.

Financial Assistance: Scholarships, Fellowships, Assistantships, and other financial support information

Click here for financial assistance resources.


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