Are you a Registered Dietitian? Are you looking to expand your current career in the field of nutrition and dietetics?

The master of science in nutrition allows students to get advanced training and knowledge in nutrition and dietetics. This degree is for both registered dietitians who are seeking advancement in their career, and students who are interested in doing research in nutrition. The MS degree is taught completely online.

ECU Advantage

The graduate program in the Department of Nutrition Science is well known for its ability to produce professionals that wish to advance in the career field of nutrition science. Our program is devoted to helping individuals achieve their career goals. The ECU dietetic internship is one of the largest in the country accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Ian Hines (2435-D Health Sciences Building; 252-744-1041; hinesi@ecu.edu)

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 degree program 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 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
  • NUTR 6105 - Human Nutrition in Physiology and Metabolism
  • NUTR 6200 - Methods in Nutrition Research
2. Research courses - 6-10 s.h.

(Choose one option)

    Non-thesis option - 6 s.h.:
    • NUTR 6600 - Management in Dietetics
    • NUTR 6900 - Review of Current Literature
    • NUTR 6950 - Seminar in Nutrition
    Thesis option - 10 s.h.:
    • BIOS 7022 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals II
    • NUTR 6950 - Seminar in Nutrition
    • NUTR 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
3. Concentration courses - 14-18 s.h.

    Graduate courses in nutrition and dietetics, with the exception of NUTR 6031, NUTR 6032, NUTR 6033, and NUTR 6102 (internship practicum) are offered online. Contact the Department of Nutrition Science for information regarding course availability, hardware, and software requirements.

      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
      • Dietitians
      • Nutritionists
      • Dietetic Technicians
      • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.