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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Health Sciences

100 Nixson Hall
Tel: 330-672-2197


The Master of Science in Nutrition consists of two concentrations: Nutrition and Dietetic Internship.

Both the Nutrition and the Dietetic Internship concentrations emphasize a strong nutritional sciences foundation through coursework and provide opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary research in community settings. Individuals completing the Dietetic Internship concentration are eligible to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians. Graduates obtain positions as nutritionists in health care and community agencies such as Head Start and WIC, nutrition-exercise specialists, cooperative extension nutrition specialists, teachers in junior and four-year colleges and as research associates.

All dietetic interns are required to obtain Criminal Background Checks, including the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) for the State of Ohio and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to beginning practice experiences, annually until internship practice experiences are complete and additionally as required by facilities. See Program Coordinator for more information.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA, goal statement, three letters of recommendation and upper level undergraduate coursework in biochemistry, physiology, and advanced nutrition. Admission into the Dietetic Internship concentration also requires DPD verification statement (i.e., completion of undergraduate ACEND-accredited coursework requirements) and dietetic internship application (i.e., DICAS application with D & D Digital Computer Matching (due February 15)).

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Graduation Requirements

The concentration in nutrition requires 32 semester hours, including a master’s thesis or master’s project. The dietetic internship concentration requires 43 semester hours, including a master's thesis or master's project.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Describe the physiological functions, metabolism, dietary requirements, deficiency symptoms, food sources and the metabolic utilization of macronutrients and micronutrients for physiological processes and how they relate to nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention/treatment. 
  2. Contribute to the quality of life, well-being, and wellness of individuals and families by utilizing their nutrition knowledge and participating in activities that promote nutritional well-being.   
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of research methods and be able to apply knowledge gained by participation in research and/or outreach
Thesis/ Dissertation

Thesis or Master's Project required.


Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)