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Community Nutrition

The Master of Science degree major in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in Community Nutrition requires students to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale) in order to graduate.

Thirty-eight to 41 credit hours are required to complete graduate coursework and internship.

The Community Nutrition concentration requires 38 credit hours from the following:

  • FN 540, FN 574, FN 585, WED 561, FN 530, HED 493, HED 483 or HED 500, EPSY 506, FN 581, FN 599 or FN 593, FN 580A, FN 580B, FN 580C.

Students who have not successfully completed a community nutrition or nutritional biochemistry course may need to take these classes.

A grade of B or better must be attained in core courses.

The thesis or research paper committee is composed of at least two departmental faculty members and one faculty member from outside the department.

Master's degree candidates must pass a comprehensive oral examination conducted by your committee, covering all graduate work including thesis or research paper.

Upon successful completion of the program, a verification statement of qualification is issued allowing you to take the registration examination for dietitians administered by the Commission for Dietetic Registration.

Unless otherwise stated, the policies of the University and of the Graduate School shall establish the minimum requirements for retention in and graduation from the program.

When can I take the R.D. exam?

Verification statements certifying eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians are issued by the Dietetic Internship Coordinator upon successful completion of all program criteria. This includes:

  • Completed coursework
  • Completed thesis or research paper and oral defense thereof
  • Dietetic Internship rotations
  • Proof of adequate study for the RD exam