Master of Science in Nutrition

Online M.S. in Nutrition - Nutrition Education & Counseling Specialization or Nutrition Science Specialization

Online M.S. Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field from a regionally accredited college/university.
  2. Students must have a grade of "C" or better in undergraduate courses in advanced nutrition or biochemistry, human physiology and statistics. Recency of courses will be evaluated.
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate work and a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A=4.0).
  4. Meet minimum requirements for admission set by the School of Graduate Studies, including English proficiency requirements.

Online M.S. Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science in Nutrition degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  1. A minimum of 30 credits, including 16 credits of core requirements, 10-11 credits to complete one of the specializations, and 4 or less credits of electives.
  2. A maximum of 9 credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution and must the meet the School of Graduate Studies transfer credit requirements.
  3. Completion of a week-long, campus-based training in nutrition practice and research skills for students completing the Nutrition Education and Counseling specialization.
  4. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Curriculum

Core course requirements:

Graduate level statistics course3
N&D 541Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Macronutrients3
N&D 542Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Micronutrients3
N&D 550Nutrition Education and Program Planning3
N&D 591Seminar in Nutrition1
N&D 594Research Methods in Nutrition3

Nutrition Education and Counseling Specialization course requirements:

N&D 560Nutrition Counseling3
NURS 605Health Policy2
N&D 590Directed Studies in Nutrition Intensive - Campus1
N&D 596Nutrition Education and Counseling Practicum2
N&D 997Independent Study2-4
or N&D 998 Thesis
Electives2-4

Nutrition Science Specialization course requirements:

NURS 510Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I3
NURS 511Adv Physiology/Pathophys II3
N&D 554Nutrigenomics3
N&D 997Independent Study2
Electives3

N&D Electives (availability based on instructional resources, student interest, and minimum enrollment)

N&D 543Advanced Topics in Lifecycle Nutrition3
N&D 544Obesity and Eating Disorders3
N&D 545Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Wellness3
N&D 552Professional Nutrition Precepting1
N&D 553Nutritional Health Advocacy and Policy3
N&D 554Nutrigenomics3
N&D 560Nutrition Counseling3
N&D 555Small Grant Proposal Development1
N&D 590Directed Studies in Nutrition1-4

Electives can come from any department that has relevant coursework. Courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor and be included on the student's Program of Study before the course is taken. Graduate level courses taken prior to acceptance as a graduate student at UND may be included in the student's Program of Study with approval.

On-Campus M.S. in Nutrition - Dietetics Specialization

On-Campus M.S. Accelerated Admission

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) 5 year program is available for students completing the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, an accredited professional program.  All requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (BSD) and the Master of Science in Nutrition (MS) can be met with up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that may count toward requirements for each degree.

Students who have completed at least 60 undergraduate credit hours of required, pre-requisite coursework for dietetics and have been accepted to the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics may apply to the ABM program. 

On-Campus M.S. Admission Requirements

The ABM program allows UND dietetics students the opportunity to complete degree requirements for a BSD and MS at an accelerated pace.  Students are expected to graduate with the MS within 12 months of completing their BSD.  Admission is competitive, and students must meet minimum admission requirements:

  1. Minimum requirements for admission set by the School of Graduate Studies, including English proficiency.
  2. Completion of pre-requisite courses and currently enrolled or eligible for enrollment at UND.
  3. Have a grade of "C" or higher in undergraduate courses in nutrition and science. Recency of courses will be evaluated.
  4. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate work (based on A=4.0).
  5. Be admitted to the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UND.
  6. Submit an online application for graduate studies before beginning coursework for the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  This application must include all required materials set by the School of Graduate Studies and a signed Program of Study including the 12 credit hours to be double counted toward the BSD and MS degrees.

On-Campus M.S. Degree Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher and “B” or higher in courses listed in the Program of Study.  Program requirements are:

  1. A minimum of 31 credits hours from core courses.
  2. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Curriculum

Core requirements:

N&D 325Nutrition Through the Life Cycle3
N&D 350Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
N&D 380Food Service Production and Management3
N&D 450Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
N&D 541Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Macronutrients3
N&D 542Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Micronutrients3
N&D 554Nutrigenomics3
N&D 560Nutrition Counseling3
N&D 594Research Methods in Nutrition3
N&D 598Dietetics Practicum2-4
N&D 997Independent Study2

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