Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

The Nutrition graduate program leads to a Master of Science degree and provides students with practical experiences at supervised practice sites and training that fulfill ACEND requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The degree requires 39 credit hours (CH) with or without a thesis. Of these, 33 CH must come from Nutrition offerings and the remaining 6 CH may come from related areas outside the department. Individuals who successfully complete the program will be issued a DI Verification Statement and will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians.

Throughout the program, students are expected to have a working computer, access to high-speed internet, and the ability to utilize AsULearn (the university’s learning management system), Google Suite, Microsoft Office 365, and Zoom (the university’s web conferencing service).

MS / DI Course Requirements (Non-Thesis and Thesis: 39 CH)

  • First Year Coursework
    • NUT 5000 Research Methods in Nutrition  and Foods (3)
    • NUT 5120 Professional Development  (3)
    • NUT 5205 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)
    • NUT 5210 Nutrition for the Older Adult (3)
    • NUT 5220 Advanced Concepts in Nutrition and Assessment (3)
    • NUT 5300 Effective Rural Practice for Health Professionals (3)
  • Summer Session
    • NUT 5901 Research Project (3) - Non-thesis option
    • NUT 5999 Thesis (2) - Thesis option only
  • Second Year Courswork
    • NUT 5250 Dietetic Practice I (3)
    • NUT 5255 Dietetic Practice II (3)
    • NUT 5900 Internship (12)
  • Suggested Electives (3)
    • HPC 5110 Multicultural Counseling (3)
    • HPC 5220 Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
    • HPC 5272 Individual and Family Development (3)
    • PA 5260 Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
    • NUT 5500 Medical Terminology (3)
    • ES 5555 Advanced Nutritional Aspects of Exercise and Sports
    • PA 5270 Not-for-Profit Organizations
    • SOC 5420 Health Care and Aging

PHN / DI Course Requirements (Non-Thesis and Thesis: 39 CH)

  • First Year Coursework
    • NUT 5100 Introduction to Community and Public Health (3)
    • NUT 5200 Life Cycle Nutrition for Public Health Nutrition Professionals (3)
    • NUT 5000 Research Methods in Nutrition (3)
    • NUT 5300 Effective Rural Practice for Health Professionals (3)
    • HCM 5240 Health and Disease (3)
    • NUT 5150 Public Health Nutrition Education (3)
    • NUT 5350 Public Health Nutrition Leadership and Practice (3)
    • NUT 5220 Advanced Concepts in Nutrition and Assessment (3)
  • Second Year, Supervised Practice
    • NUT 5250/5255 Dietetics Practice I and II (6)
    • NUT 5450 Capstone Proposal (1)
    • NUT 5475 Capstone Project (2)  
    • NUT 5900 Dietetic Internship (3)


View the Course Schedule to determine the semester when these courses are offered.


Upon successful completion of the following requirements, students will earn a DI Verification Statement:

  1. Completion of all requirements to earn a MS in Nutrition with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. Grade of "satisfactory" in both semesters of NUT 5900: Internship. Earning an ‘S’ in NUT5900 includes the completion of all supervised practice contact hours 
  3. Grade of "satisfactory" in NUT 5250 and 5255: Dietetic Practice I and II. Earning an ‘S’ in NUT 5250 + 5255 includes the completion of all dietetic internship CRDNs 
  4. Completed Professional Behavior Review Evaluations, earning a ‘3’ or higher in all areas 
  5. Completed Rotation Site / Preceptor Evaluation for each rotation site
  6. Successful completion of a Registration Examination Prep Course
  7. Satisfactory performance (a minimum of an 80% score) on the Nutrition Comprehensive Exam, which is a practice registration exam administered at the end of the second semester of the DI
  8. Completion and presentation of graduate research project or thesis at two faculty-selected venues

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