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What will I learn?

Mission. The Master of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences at California State University, Fresno provides for development of advanced level knowledge, development of research abilities, and the mentoring of future leaders.

Outcomes. The program graduates will be able to (a) use knowledge and critical thinking skills to identify innovative solutions to problems, (b) communicate research findings through professional presentations and publications, (c) advance their careers, and (d) take an active role in their profession.

This program provides a graduate-level proficiency in food science or nutrition. The degree is applicable to specializations in food research, production, processing, chemistry, and microbiology; and dietetics, nutrition, nutrition education, and food service systems management.

Program Requirements

All students must complete a 12-unit common core. Under the direction of the graduate adviser, students may focus a program in a specialized area to meet their career goals. This is accomplished by the selection of a minimum of 12 units of electives. A 6-unit thesis completes the program of study. A minimum of 21 units must be taken at the 200 level.

Which department am I in?

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

Study options

Full Time (Total minimum (30 units))

Tuition fees
US$17,527.00 per year
USD $2,082 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $3,588 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS79,



93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students complete a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered, however, for these applicants the GRE General Test is required. A bachelor’s degree in music (or the equivalent) is required. Applicants must have their official transcript(s) sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For international students

Specifically, a student shall (1) hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have satisfied any one of the following: [a] attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree, or [b] attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted, or [c] hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

Undergraduate coursework grade point average of 3.0 or better on the last 60 semester/ 90 quarter units. If preparatory language is other than English, minimum TOEFL of 550 and Minimum TWE (Test of Written English) score of 4.

English language Score: TOEFL – 80 iBT, or IELTS – 6.5, or Pearson’s Test of English - 53, or iTEP – 4.5. Application Deadlines: Fall - April 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.