Nutritional Sciences (M.S.)

Nutritional Sciences (M.S.)

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The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems offers three graduate programs in nutrition.  Please see below for additional details on each program.

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences combined with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) at the University of New Hampshire is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The next program review is scheduled for Fall 2019. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Dept of Education.

ACEND's phone number is: +1 (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400 
email: acend@eatright.org
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995

https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

 

Why get your master’s degree in nutritional sciences?

Earning a master’s degree demonstrates advanced understanding of nutrition science and the role of nutrition in human health. Our curriculum is designed to position students for employment opportunities in a variety of sectors (e.g., community nutrition, public policy, sales, higher education, government or non-profit, media/communications). This program also meets the needs of individuals seeking to increase their academic training for highly-competitive programs (dietetic internships, medical school or other health professions). Current UNH students considering a master’s degree in nutritional sciences may qualify for our accelerated degree option. This allows students to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

Why choose UNH for your degree?

This master’s degree in nutritional sciences places emphasis on active participation in original, hypothesis-driven research of publishable quality and is well-suited to students who anticipate a professional career involving research or discovery. The UNH nutrition program offers state-of-the-art assessment and teaching facilities including a simulation clinic and an applied research laboratory. The curriculum includes experiential learning opportunities to build research, nutrition care, food system and epidemiology skills to give students a strong foundation for work in a variety of clinical, community or research settings, or for further study in graduate or professional schools.

Potential career areas

  • Community nutrition
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Higher education
  • Industry
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public health
  • Research

Contact

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
  • Work at the Intersection of Nutrition Research and Population Health
    Although born in Ottawa, Canada, Caitlin Porter '20G grew up in New Hampshire, which made her especially eager to return to the state and enroll in UNH’s Nutritional Sciences master’s program after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut.
    Work at the Intersection of Nutrition Research and Population Health
    Although born in Ottawa, Canada, Caitlin Porter '20G grew up in New Hampshire, which made her especially eager to return to the state and enroll in UNH’s Nutritional Sciences master’s program after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Curriculum & Requirements

Master of Science - Thesis Option 

In this program students gain a comprehensive understanding of nutritional science through their coursework and engagement in research. Emphasis is placed on active participation in original hypothesis-­driven research of publishable quality. The program is for students who anticipate a professional career involving research or discovery, with a strong background in the basic biology and chemistry of nutrition. This degree may be most appropriate for students who expect to pursue further advanced study, e.g., additional graduate studies or professional school, after graduation.

Admission Requirements: Students applying for the program will be expected to present recent scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a strong undergraduate background that includes a science foundation appropriate for advanced study in nutritional sciences.

Master of Science - Accelerated B.S./M.S. Option

The accelerated B.S./M.S. is designed for UNH undergraduates who have a demonstrated capacity to engage in upper-level course work and desire hands-on practice and research training for an advanced degree. The M.S. in Nutritional Sciences requires a minimum of 34 credits. Qualified students may complete up to 12 credits at the 800-level during their senior year, earning dual credit toward their B.S. and M.S. degrees. During the fifth year (Sept-May), enrolled students will complete a minimum of 22 additional credits toward the program requirements.

Graduates of the UNH Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutritional Sciences will be valued in the marketplace as they will have a demonstrated capacity to engage in critical and systems thinking, convey and apply nutrition concepts in clinical, research and community settings, work as individuals and in teams, and identify strategies for lifelong learning.

Admission Requirements: UNH students who apply to the B.S./M.S. program must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.  Students must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA to advance into the fifth year of the program.

Master of Science - Thesis Option 

The program of study must include a minimum of 30 graduate credits as well as completion of a 6 credit Master's Thesis based on a research project. Courses will be taken to fulfill expected competency requirements in experimental design and analysis and in scientific writing and communication. In consultation with the student’s graduate committee and the area of research specialization, other courses will be taken as appropriate. 

Core Course Requirements
NUTR 899Master's Thesis6
ANFS 901Introduction to Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Graduate Studies 11
ANFS 997Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar 21
NUTR 995Non-thesis Investigations 31-4

Each candidate must present at least two seminars (exclusive of the thesis defense) and must serve as a teaching assistant for at least one semester. A thesis committee will be appointed early in the program and will consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty; one of these will be the primary mentor. Students will design a program of study in close consultation with their thesis committee, including their academic courses and scientific research project. The student's committee may require certain undergraduate courses as part of the graduate program if additional competencies would be beneficial to the student. Candidates will be required to pass an oral examination based on their graduate courses and completed thesis. Skills in communicating scientific information will be fostered by presenting one seminar during each year of enrollment. 

Master of Science - Accelerated B.S./M.S. Option

The BS/MS option requires successful completion of a minimum of 34 graduate credits. There are five core courses that include a year-long research experience (NUTR 960 Research Methods in Nutritional Science I and NUTR 961 Research Methods in Nutritional Science II) during the last year of the student's program. Students will be required to earn a B- or better in graduate courses to earn credits toward their degree.

Core Required Courses
NUTR 809Nutritional Epidemiology4
NUTR 850Nutritional Biochemistry4
NUTR 851Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients4
NUTR 855Treatment of Adult Obesity4
NUTR 880Critical Issues in Nutrition4
NUTR 895Investigations (Behavioral Nutrition)4
NUTR 960Research Methods in Nutritional Science I4
NUTR 961Research Methods in Nutritional Science II4
ANFS 901Introduction to Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Graduate Studies 11
ANFS 997Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar1

For Dietetic Internship Applicants

Refer to the Dietetic Internship Program information for application details. 

Note that you should apply to the program through the DICAS Application Portal

Deadlines

 

Thesis Option

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (priority*), Aug. 1 (final) *Applications completed by Feb. 15 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications completed after Feb. 15 will be considered based on openings and funding.
  • Spring: Oct. 15 (final)
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A


Combined M.S. with Dietetic Internship Option

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (priority first round match*), June 15 (second round match*); *Deadlines are based on the DICAS national match process.
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A


Accelerated B.S./M.S. Option

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: Nov. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65 (waived for Dietetic Internship option applicants)

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Master's: Yes for Accelerated B.S./M.S. option only

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

2 Letters Required for Accelerated B.S./M.S. option: Currently enrolled UNH students applying to the accelerated masters non-thesis option are only required to submit two letters of recommendation.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required for Dietetic Internship option only. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918. For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements


Accelerated B.S./M.S. Option

UNH students who apply to the Accelerated B.S./M.S. option must have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Students must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA.

The Accelerated B.S./M.S. option is only available to currently active UNH students. Please contact the department directly to see if you qualify to apply to this program.

Combined M.S. with Dietetic Internship Option

UNH MSDI program utilizes the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) Application System. Under Program Details, please see the Dietetic Internship Program section for more details.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Explore Program Details

Students who apply to our MS with dietetic internship program will use a combined process completing both the DICAS application and selected materials from our graduate school. The Graduate application fee is waived for applicants of spring 2019.

Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship (MSDI)

Our Mission: The mission of the MSDI is to train students who will be demonstrate a capacity to function as capable, competent entry level dietitians in the field of nutrition, food service, health promotion, sustainable food systems, and disease prevention and intervention.

Our Purpose: To recruit and educate students who meet the program's admission criteria, and to function as capable, competent entry level dietitians in clinical nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition services. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Dietetic Registration Examination and, when passed, practice as Registered Dietitians. The MSDI program will span a total of nearly 21 months. For those entering August of 2019 the completion would anticipated for May 2021. This option will include over 50 graduate level credits as well as integrate over 1600 hours of practicum-based learning. The first year will be marked by an emphasis of building professional skills through academic coursework; it includes an eight-credit two semester comprehensive research experience, and other graduate level courses that will integrate case studies and simulation, thus expanding knowledge and skills. During the second year there will be extensive opportunities for practicum based learning.

Our Vision: We envision that our program graduates will be positive, transformative professionals in promoting healthier food and nutrition policies and practices, from farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes.

Our Uniqueness: Because our program enrolls 10 students per year, our interns have the benefit of one-on-one mentorship. This provides individualized attention yet ensures personal interaction with other interns.

Our Focus: Our MSDI focus is Sustainable Food Systems as Drivers of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Our Highlights: Over the past five years, our program enjoys a 96% first-time pass rate for those interns taking the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. The UNH MSDI Program prepares the student for an entry-level dietetic position in a hospital, food service, or community setting. Through our program, the student receives a balanced exposure to clinical dietetics and food service, community nutrition, and management. Additionally, there is some exposure to applied research. In addition, our interns:

  • Students will earn a Masters degree.
  • Obtain clinical skills through practical experiences that include:
    • evaluating nutritional status of patients/clients,
    • developing nutrition care plans,
    • assessing the impact that nutrition intervention has on the patient's/client's health, and
    • providing nutrition education to individuals and groups.
  • Participate in community agency rotations that allow interns to assess and document the needs of a specific population group.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to integrate sustainable food systems theory and practice into their professional work.
  • Learn skills that allow them to assist in the management of at least one aspect of a large food production/delivery system and to manage an entire operation that is smaller in scope, including:
    • human resource management and development,
    • menu planning and production scheduling, and
    • the development and use of specifications in proper procurement procedures.
  • Acquire skills needed to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level dietitian.
  • Develop an awareness of the environment within which dietitians work, including the legal, economic, and political forces that affect the profession. The benefit of active participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is highlighted, and an appreciation for the strength of the dietetic profession is cultivated.

Program Costs - MSDI: The estimated cost for the 2019-2021 internship is approximately $45,100 for in-state and $47,500 for out-of-state. These estimates include tuition, fees, background checks, etc. If you have insurance from another outside source, the cost will be reduced by $4,600. All interns will be assisting in teaching courses, thus earning over $12,000 during the first year. Please see the financial breakdown under the “Program Costs” section of the website. These estimates do not include:

  • Rent (approximately) per month: $600.00- $1,000.00
  • Food and general living expenses: Varies
  • Car expenses/insurance and gas: Varies
  • Travel: During the first year, most activities/courses occur on the UNH campus.  During the second year, students are engaged in a number of off-site practicuum.  Travel to these site varies.  Approximately 25% of rotations are on campus; 75% are off campus and driving distances can vary from 20-70 minute drive from Durham.

GPA Requirement: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for admission.


If you are adding the new UNH MS option to your list of internships for placement consideration, the UNH MS track number is 823.

UNH will NOT be sponsoring an Individualized Supervised Practice Program.

Licensure is mandatory for all Registered Dietitians in the state of New Hampshire. For guidelines and the application process, go to Eat Right, An Affiliate of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The University of New Hampshire Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312/899-4817). "The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs."

The UNH Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The United States Department of Education recognizes ACEND as an accrediting body.

Website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
Mailing Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

Date of next review: Fall 2019

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