M.S. in Nutrition
- Fact Sheet (pdf)
The Master of Science program in Nutrition provides advanced-level study of nutritional science and clinical nutrition. This advanced degree equips you with more sophisticated understanding of nutrient metabolism and its application to both normal physiological and pathophysiological states. The M.S. degree can help you assume positions of greater responsibility in the field of nutrition. Careers in nutrition include positions as clinical nutritionists, nutrition educators, administrators of programs that provide nutrition services in commercial or institutional settings, nutritionists in community-based or private practice settings, and researchers or interpreters of research in academia, medical institutions, industry, the government, or mass media.
Students who wish to become registered dietician nutritionists may apply to our Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly known as the American Dietetic Association or ADA) accredited Dietetic Internship (see below), which requires acceptance into our M.S. program and prior completion of 12 graduate credits (see below). Application to the Dietetic Internship can be made after students have completed a set of courses (Didactic Program in Dietetics, DPD) prescribed by the AND and have received a Verification Statement. Although these courses are mainly taken at the undergraduate level before beginning the M.S. program, a number of the graduate levels courses can be used to fulfill DPD requirements. Note also that all of the prerequisites for the M.S. program are also part of the DPD.
The program is housed in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, which also offers an M.P.H. in Community Health, an M.A. in Thanatology and an M.A. in Community Health Education. Students in the M.S. in Nutrition may take some courses that are common to these programs.