Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Nutrition, MS (53-898) - Clinical Nutrition Option (0019 ) (43 hours)

Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Kinesiology, and Health  will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate the competencies and behaviors required to practice dietetics at an entry-level by integrating biochemical and physiological science knowledge with nutritional evidence-based interventions
  • Articulate evidence-based solutions to nutritional issues across the life cycle and to assess nutritional status and evaluate current research.
  • Acquire the level of conduct appropriate for professional dietetics practice
  • Apply evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews, scientific literature and participate in nutrition research.

Upon successful completion of the Clinical Nutrition Option, students will be eligible to sit for the CDR registration exam for registered dietitians.

The Clinical Nutrition Option includes the Didactic portion which is 100% online and the Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) portion onsite at various locations. Admittance to the program requires an undergraduate degree in an appropriate major, with a minimum accumulated undergraduate GPA of 3.00.

Prerequisites: Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher are required prior to beginning the professional program. Program prerequisites include either completion of a U.S. Dietetics Program or transcripts showing the completion of all of the prerequisite courses listed below.

  • ACCT 1101 - Foundations of Financial Reporting (3 credits)
  • BIOL 2510 Basic Genetics (3 credits)
  • BIOL 3611 Microbiology with lab (4-5 credits)
  • BIOL 3401 Human Anatomy with lab (3 credits)
  • BIOL 3402 Human Physiology with lab (5 credits)
  • CHEM 1104 Intro to Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1604 Organic and Biochemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • D&N 3340 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • D&N 4010 Advanced Nutrition (3 credits)
  • FOOD 2320 Sanitation and Safety (1 credit)
  • FOOD 2322 Food Preparation with lab (3-4 credits)

Application Materials:

This program only accepts student in the Fall term.  In addition to the online application, the following materials must be submitted by the deadline of January 15: (Second deadline will be extended to June 30 if any spots are still available).

Submission of a current resume which details paid and volunteer experiences.

A Statement of Goals - A statement should  include the following (approximately 1000 words):   

  • Why did you choose UCM?
  • What relevant educational, professional and research experiences do you have in the nutrition/dietetics field?
  • Why do you want to become a registered dietitian?
  • What are your short- and long-term professional/career goals?

Letters of Recommendation - Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation:  two from faculty, one from clinical/research supervisor or employer. Choose people who have knowledge of your strengths and goals.

Transcripts - Submission of official transcripts from corresponding institutions for all post-secondary coursework completed.