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College of Human Ecology

Department of Nutrition Science

William Forsythe, Chair, 148 Rivers Building

Post-baccalaureate programs offered in the Department of Nutrition Science include a dietetic internship program and a MS in nutrition. These programs can be combined and completed in two full years of study. More information is available for each program on the department homepage,

Dietetic Internship Program

The dietetic internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American Dietetic Association. CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Enrollment is limited and admission is competitive. Admission requires verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree that meets Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements of The American Dietetic Association; GRE test scores; the overall GPA or the GPA for the last 60 s.h. of course work; and The American Dietetic Association computer matching. The application deadline is mid-February. Once admitted to the dietetic internship program, students are required to apply for non-degree graduate student status before beginning the program. The dietetic internship program provides supervised dietetic practice in three required areas: clinical nutrition; foodservice management; and community nutrition, which includes a rural health component. The program requires 13 s.h. of supervised dietetic practice including 3 graduate practicum courses (NUTR 6031, 6032, 6033). Additional information and an application are available from the dietetics program director.

MS in Nutrition

The MS in nutrition provides advanced study in the practice of nutrition and dietetics. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Decisions regarding admission to the nutrition and dietetics degree are based on the following criteria: courses required for the undergraduate nutrition minor; GRE test scores; and the overall or last 60 s.h. GPA. Applicants may be required to take additional courses as part of the MS degree in order to make up deficiencies. Students may choose a thesis or a non-thesis option, both of which require a minimum of 33 s.h. credit as follows. The non-thesis option may be taken completely online.
  1. Core courses - 9 s.h.
    BIOS 7021; NUTR 6105, 6200
  2. Research courses (Choose one option) - 6-10 s.h.
    Non-thesis option (6 s.h.): NUTR 6600, 6900, 6950
    Thesis option (10 s.h.): BIOS 7022; NUTR 6950, 7000 (6 s.h.)
  3. Concentration courses - 14-18 s.h.
    Non-thesis option (18 s.h.)
    Thesis option (14 s.h.)
Graduate courses in nutrition and dietetics, with the exception of NUTR 6031, 6032, and 6033 (internship practicum) are offered online. Contact the Department of Nutrition Science for information regarding course availability, hardware, and software requirements.