Graduate Programs

M.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition

Programs of Study

Three programs of study exist- ALL lead to a Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition. You could focus on Nutritional Science (laboratory-based research that could involve human samples, animals or cell lines), Community Nutrition, and Food Science (functional foods for health, food safety, fermentation science).

There is an Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Food Science/Safety. The program is a cooperative effort of faculty in seven departments and three colleges within the University who share a common interest in food quality, safety and integrated production/processing. Students enrolling in this program will receive their degree from their home department. Completion of the requirements for the interdisciplinary program will be noted on their transcript. Program details are available from the offices of the Dean in the Colleges of Health & Human Sciences, Agricultural Sciences or Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, or from one of the collaborating Departments. For more information, click here http://www.fshn.chhs.colostate.edu/students.

The Food Science and Nutrition Science programs of study can lead to research or industry positions.

The Community Nutrition program is often used as a means to become a Registered Dietitian.

The GPIDEA on-line master’s program is ONLY FOR THOSE who already are Registered Dietitians. This option is available through a number of universities including Colorado State University. If you are NOT a RD, there is no online nutrition graduate program for you at CSU.

Reference the Frequently Asked Questions http://www.fshn.chhs.colostate.edu/students/graduate/faqs.aspx for more information.


Please read the following documents prior to applying:


Your on-line application requires you to upload the following materials:

  • 1. You must arrange to have official transcripts sent to Colorado State University directly from all colleges and universities attended.
  • 2. Three letters of recommendation are required. Provide email addresses of recommenders when applying and the CSU on-line system will solicit letters directly from these contacts.
  • 3. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test is required for all applicants. Test scores should be sent directly to the University from the Educational Testing Service. Our University code is 4075. It takes approximately six weeks for us to receive scores after you take the test.
  • 4. The Statement of Purpose (see information about this below) should be no longer than two pages, standard 12-point font.
  • 5. Resume.
  • 6. Indicate your area of interest on the online application.