Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the Master of Science in Nutrition program must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the undergraduate level based on a 4.0 scale
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • GRE scores are optional

Prerequisite Coursework

The applicant is required to successfully complete (minimum grade of B) the following or equivalent master’s prerequisite courses:

  • An introductory nutrition course (UC equivalent NUTR 1030 Personal Nutrition)
  • A year of general chemistry with lab (UC equivalent CHEM 1030 and CHEM 1031 GOBCHEM I and II;  CHEM 1030L and CHEM 1031L GOBCHEM I and  II Lab)
It is also preferred that the applicant take the following courses before admissions to the Master of Science program, however these courses can be taken after enrollment:
  • A  year of biochemistry (or at least one semester of biochemistry with one semester of organic chemistry or genetics; UC equivalent for biochemistry CHEM 2030 and CHEM 2031 Survey of biochemistry I and II, no lab required)
  • A year of anatomy and physiology (UC equivalent BIOL 2001C & BIOL 2002C Anatomy & Physiology I & II) 

International Student Requirements

  • International students should submit a transcript evaluation with a GPA conversion to a 4.0 scale.  Any credit evaluators that are members of National Association of Credit Evaluators ( can be used. SpanTran is one of the lowest cost options.  
  • English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.  Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is:
    • 520 (paper-based test), or
    • 190 (computer-based test), or
    • 80 (internet-based test)
      • For more information on UC's English proficiency requirements please visit the UC Graduate School.