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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition, M.S. - Online

As the Nutrition profession continues to evolve, the master’s degree is increasingly becoming the first professional credential expected in the field. The online format provides the flexibility and convenience for continued education so that students can work while earning this degree.

The online program can contribute to an individualized professional development plan tailored to the student’s particular needs and areas of interest. The program is specifically designed to enhance and update the knowledge of nutrition or dietetics professionals who already have a background in the field. The degree can be customized to provide those who have a science background to become versed in the science of Nutrition.

This 30-credit science-based curriculum includes the study of health promotion, nutrition through life’s stages, and the latest research on nutrition-related diseases. You will design your own curriculum in collaboration with the program director to make your coursework particularly relevant to you and your professional goal.


The master’s in Nutrition provides in-depth knowledge and skills in areas required to meet current health and wellness needs.

Program outcomes

The student will:

  1. Use critical thinking skills to analyze, evaluate and interpret information in order to determine relevance for professional practice
  2. Become an effective professional and leader in a variety of nutrition-related settings by demonstrating life-long learning and continuous professional development

(The Master’s in Nutrition does NOT qualify one to take the R.D.exam)

Matriculation requirements

  1. Admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  2. Sealed transcript of a bachelor’s degree and any other course work from a regionally accredited institution
  3. If you do not have a degree in nutrition you must successfully complete the following prerequisites before applying: a basic Nutrition course, Biochemistry, and Physiology. These must be from accredited colleges or universities. Each of these courses may have a prerequisite depending on where they are offered. These must be completed with a B or better to be eligible for matriculation.
  4. Two letters recommending the candidate for graduate work from professors or professional colleagues
  5. A letter of intent from the applicant
  6. A planned program of study approved by the graduate program director
  7. All immunization records as required by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies if on campus

Degree requirements (30 credits)

Students who have successfully completed an internship at the University of Saint Joseph may apply nine credits to the master’s degree; for an internship at another site, six credits may be transferred. An original verification form from the internship is required. Completion of a coordinated program is not transferable.

If you don’t have a B.S. in Nutrition

This course is required:

Additional electives

Up to 6 credits from another discipline with advisor permission or two more courses from the list above.