Nutrition (MS)

Master of Science in Nutrition

Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management
Beaver College of Health Sciences

Sarah Jordan, Chair and Professor

Martin Root, Program Director and Associate Professor

The Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management offers the Master of Science in Nutrition (841A/51.3101).


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores;a verification statement or intent to complete form signed by the director of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND); additional courses (up to 15 hours maximum) may be required if so indicated by the student's deficiencies.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet or exceed the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. For admission to the Graduate Program in Nutrition a successful match for the Dietetic Internship is required. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus; Note: Second year students will intern at sites across western North Carolina.


Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Nutrition (Code: 841A)

Total Semester Hours Required for the Master of Science in Nutrition (841A): 39

Required Courses
  • NUT 5000: Research Methods in Nutrition and Foods (3)
  • NUT 5205: Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)
  • NUT 5210: Nutrition for the Elderly (3)
  • NUT 5220: Advanced Concepts in Nutrition and Assessment (3)
  • NUT 5250: Dietetic Practice I (3)
  • NUT 5255: Dietetic Practice II (3)
  • NUT 5900: Internship (12)
  • ES 5592: Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
Thesis Option (CHOOSE ONE)

With Thesis

  • NUT 5999: Thesis (3-4)

Without Thesis

  • NUT 5901: Research Project (3-4)
  • Select 2-3 s.h. of approved graduate electives


Prerequisites: A student entering the program with curricular deficiencies may be required to complete more than the minimum number of hours for completion of the program. See the program director for more information.

Registered Dietitian Eligible Status: Requirements for the completion of the Dietetic Internship (NUT 5250, NUT 5255, and NUT 5900) are designed, and have been approved to meet the competencies as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Other Requirements for the MS:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; admission to candidacy requires successful academic performance and a positive assessment of professional conduct during the first year. See the department graduate nutrition handbook for further information.
  • Comprehensive: A comprehensive examination is administered at the end of the second year. A poster of completed research must be presented at the end of the second year at one off-campus and one oncampus venue. An oral defense of the thesis is required when selecting the thesis option.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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