Why Study Nutrition?

Students in the nutrition option focus on the study of nutrients in food and their relationship to health and disease. The nutrition program is an accredited didactic program in nutrition and dietetics (DP), and students become eligible for dietetic internships which lead to the professional credential, registered dietitian (RD). Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of dietitians and nutritionists to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes, is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health.

What will you study?

  • Food and Nutrition Sciences
  • Sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology)
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Food Service System Management
  • Business, Economics
  • Communication

How to become a Registered Dietitian:

  1. Complete MSU DPD program
  2. Complete a Dietetic Internship
  3. Pass national RD exam


  • Clinical (hospital, long term care, clinics-can include specialty area such as pediatric, renal, diabetes)
  • Food Service Management
  • Business & Industry (Kraft, General Mills)
  • Community Nutrition Programs (Extension Service, Health Dept, Federal Agencies)
  • Government, Military, and Research (FDA, USDA, NIH, Colleges/Universities)
  • Consultant/Private Practice
  • Wellness & Sports Nutrition
  • Media & Trade Associations (Dairy Council, Southern Living, Cooking Light)

Transfer Guide

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.


Internships and/or professional experience prepares students for future careers in Food Science. A significant percentage of employers prefer students with work experience outside of a college environment to students with no experience, according to new data released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Students should check with the MSU Career Center or the program coordinator for internship opportunities.

Graduate Studies

A Master of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Nutrition is offered by selecting courses in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion; Statistics; and Biochemistry. Learn More


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application (16/17).

Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2016.


The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion encourages its students to take advantage of the many experiences offered by the departmental student organizations and teams. Clubs are a great way to develop leadership skills and to learn about the various food industries. Visit the organizations page to find out more.

Program Director

  • Dr. Marie Allsopp
  • Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP)
  • Email:
  • Phone: 662-325-1321