Master of Science in Nutrition

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.

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.


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

Nutrition Science Specialization course requirements:

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

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.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382