The Master of Science Degree in Nutrition is a 33-37 semester hour program. The curriculum contains 18 hours of coursework providing the foundation of the science and application of nutrition which includes the research process, study of the essential nutrients and their role in human biology and well-being, nutrition in the lifecycle, education, and the food system. Students can select between the Dietetics and the Food and Nutrition Studies tracks.
The Food and Nutrition Studies track is designed for individuals who may not be interested in dietetics and/or becoming credentialed in the field of nutrition as an RD. This track is also meant for students who have already successfully completed the DPD curriculum and/or existing dietitians in search of an advanced degree.
Food and Nutrition Studies track students have the choice between 2 emphases:
Community Food Security and Nutrition & Health Science Research.
- The FNS emphasis in Community Food Security will meet the needs of the individual who seeks a career in the non-dietetic (clinical) arenas within food and nutrition. Examples include: the local and sustainable food system, nutrition education, extension, non-profits impacting food security, and product development and food entrepreneurship. The coursework in this emphasis area highlights community engagement and effective program development, bringing practical knowledge and skills to those who seek to impact the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities through food and nutrition.
- The FNS emphasis in Nutrition & Health Science Research will meet the needs of the already-credentialed RDN allowing her/him to be more competitive in the job market. This emphasis will also be desirable to a student who has graduated from an undergraduate DPD program already holding a verification statement who hasn’t pursued or matched with a dietetic internship. An MS in Nutrition is the terminal degree in the field and gaining an MS will allow this individual to be more competitive in future matching with a dietetic internship. The coursework in this emphasis highlights research and a deeper understanding of health science, food, nutrition, and dietetics while broadening her/his knowledge-base beyond the standard undergraduate didactic program in dietetic (DPD) curricula.
Students have option to complete either of the above full or part-time. There is also an accelerated 1-year option.