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Master of Science Program
* Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2015 for the Fall 2015 class. However, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible as class size is limited.
The overall purpose of the instruction program is to prepare individuals for positions in teaching, research, and leadership in nutrition programs both in the United States and abroad.
Please click on the following link for an overview of possible Career Paths.
The Master of Science Program, administered by the Postgraduate Division of the Faculty of Medicine, is a 12-month program that serves as a foundation for students who plan either to continue toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree or to attend a professional school in the health sciences.
The MS in Nutrition is comprised of thirty-three (33) credits and can be completed in one year, including summers (full-time).
Financial Aid and tuition exemptions are available to eligible candidates. Distance learning options available for some courses.
All courses are designed to enhance your nutrition knowledge and are applicable to clinical practice. In addition to the core courses, students may choose to focus on and take electives in one of three tracks: basic nutrition science, public health and nutritional epidemiology, or clinical nutrition.
The M.S. degree program is not designed to prepare students to become dietitians or food technologists, nor is it, in general, an end point degree. To prepare for a specific career, the M.S. should be combined with other training.
Requirements for admission to the M.S. Program: a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a strong record emphasizing the sciences; at least two years of chemistry, one year of biology, and, preferably, a course in elementary biochemistry. Acceptable performance on the Graduate Record Examination or MCAT is required.
Requirements for the M.S. degree: completion of all required courses and electives, as determined by the student's adviser, with a grade average of B– or better; and participation in at least one research project, with written master's thesis summarizing the project results. The thesis must be approved by the sponsor of the project, the faculty adviser, and the director of the M.S. program. Most project requirements are fulfilled during the summer term following the completion of the academic work.