Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to take the GRE or another graduate entrance examination before applying to this program?
  • No, a graduate entrance examination is not required for acceptance to the Master of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition Program.
  • Do I need to have a degree in science to be eligible for the program?
  • An undergraduate degree in either nutrition, biological or medical science would provide many of the prerequisites for the program but is not absolutely required. Students lacking the appropriate undergraduate preparation will be required to complete all prerequisites before admission to the program.
  • When are the application and supporting materials due?
  • Priority Deadline: February 15
    General Deadline: April 15
    Space as available: June 1
  • Will I have to take a final written or oral examination upon completion of the degree?
  • No, this program does not have a culminating exam. However, in addition to the coursework, a student project and report must be completed and approved to earn the Master of Advanced Study degree.
  • Can this program assist me in becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?
  • Yes, the program coordinators are working with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and our clinical partners to provide graduates with both the education and clinical training needed to sit for the IBCLC exam.

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  • I am a registered dietitian. Can this program assist me in becoming a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition?
  • Yes, the program can provide much of the educational foundation that will assist you to achieve this dietetic specialty. Although additional clinical hours and skills will be needed upon graduation, the program coordinators will assist interested students to identify the resources needed to complete the requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Is financial assistance available for this program?
  • Students enrolled in at least six units per quarter or more may be eligible for some financial aid programs. Application deadlines and requirements vary. For detailed information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (530) 752-2390 or http://financialaid.ucdavis.eduStudents enrolled in less than six (6) units per quarter are not eligible for any campus financial aid. There is limited availability of financial aid for MAS students. Because this is a self-supporting program, state-funded aid sources are not available. There are some federally-funded sources and private lender sources available through the Financial Aid Office.
  • What are the issues facing international students?
  • Although the Immigration and Naturalization Service has strict requirements, we can accept international students in the program. Visit the UC Davis Services for International Students website for relevant information on visa issues. International students in F-1 or J-1 status must carry a minimum of 12 units or the equivalent of a full course of study as certified by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Because the Maternal and Child Nutrition Graduate Program is a part-time degree program, students in F-1 or J-1 status will be required to enroll in additional units to be in compliance with visa regulations. You must also meet the English language requirement for the graduate division, which sets the minimum TOEFL scores. The minimum score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 550 for the paper test or a score of 80 for the Internet-based test. Scores older than two years will not be accepted by Graduate Studies.
  • What if I am unsure if I have met the course prerequisites?
  • Email your unofficial transcripts to us ( and we will check for you.
  • Do I need to move to Davis, California to take the courses in person or can I participate remotely?
  • For those who cannot regularly come to campus, lecture broadcasting is available. Students can opt to attend and participate in class via live broadcast.