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Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics

Is the Master of Science Program in Nutrition & Dietetics right for you?

If you are a registered dietitian and you are interested in deepening your knowledge base, enhancing your professional practice and developing your research skills in the area of Nutrition & Dietetics, then this program is for you!

What kinds of courses will I be required to take?

You will complete courses in biochemistry, statistics, physiology, research methods, research communication and trends and issues in health care (total of 19 credits). Then you will choose either the adult nutrition emphasis or the pediatric nutrition emphasis and complete an additional 12 or 15 credits of course work and complete your thesis project (6 credits) or problem (3 credits). The total number of credits required for the MS degree is 37.

The curriculum is designed for the student with a special interest in health promotion or in medical nutrition therapy throughout the lifecycle. Program affiliations throughout central Indiana provide the opportunity for you to work with the general public as well as clients in outpatient and inpatient settings.

What about the thesis requirement?

Master of Science Program in Nutrition & Dietetics currently requires a thesis or a problem. A problem is a smaller scale inquiry project. Students who elect to complete a problem will be required to enroll in an additional 3 credits of course work to bring the total number of credits taken to 37. During the thesis/problem process, you will focus on a nutrition topic of interest to you. The Nutrition & Dietetics faculty will mentor and guide you through the process of selecting and completing a study. Recent and "in progress" thesis project titles are listed below.

  • Recent/In Progress Thesis Titles
  • Nutrition 'Concept Learning' in Elementary Children" — In progress
  • "Nutrition Status of HIV/AIDS Infected Children in Romania" — Completed
  • "Evaluation of a Computer-Assisted Instruction Program Used with Participants of the Women, Infants and Children Farmers' Market Nutrition Program" — Completed
  • "The Impact of Adequate Nutrition and Exercise on Resting Energy Expenditure and Nutritional Status in Patients with Chronic Renal Insufficiency" — In progress
  • "The Effectiveness of a Medical Nutrition Therapy Protocol on Symptom Reduction in Patients with Crohn's Disease" — Completed
  • "Role of Macronutrient Composition in the Regulation of the Acute Metabolic Response to Energy Restriction in Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" — Completed
  • "Effectiveness of a New Enteric coated Pancreatic Enzyme with Bicarbonate (Pancrecarb) in Reducing Steatorrhea in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis" — Completed

What if I am not really interested in research but want to improve my knowledge of Nutrition & Dietetics?

We understand that you want to focus on deepening your knowledge base. To meet your needs, we recently established a non-thesis option. Students completing the non-thesis option will complete a problem or project rather than a full thesis.

How to Apply

Please click the link below to access the online application. You must apply using the online application form; paper applications are not available. If you have any difficulty completing the online application, please contact Joyce Mac Kinnon at 317.274.4702. Click here for the full list of admission requirements.

Graduate Online Application

International Student Applications

Internation students should visit Office of International Affairs.

Who are the faculty in Nutrition & Dietetics?

Nutrition & Dietetics Faculty