Nutrition Graduate Studies

Nutrition Graduate Studies

The department offers a Master of Science in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Nutrition and a Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Nutrition. Graduate assistantships may be available.


Master of Science

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. The Master of Science in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a Nutrition concentration requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit (including 6 hours of research/thesis), a research thesis, and a final defense. At least 12 hours of coursework must be taken at the 8000-level.

The Dietetic Internship is an innovative, post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare interns for rewarding careers in traditional and non-traditional roles. Interns complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and 6 hours of coursework in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with an emphasis in nutrition. The MSU Dietetic Internship Program provides hands-on experience in various clinical research, food service management, community nutrition, and nutrition education activities that registered dietitians encounter. Interns work with faculty, site coordinators, and preceptors in outpatient clinics, various inpatient settings, community settings, classrooms, and other locations as they build skills and broaden their understanding of modern dietetics. Upon completion of the internship, a graduate is prepared for the Registration Examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and successful entry-level practice. Students may also pursue a M.S. degree at the same time.

Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship (DI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400, www.eatright.org/ACEND. Dietetic interns must be admitted to graduate studies at MSU.


Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion

A student pursing the Ph.D. degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Nutrition selects courses in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion and in Biochemistry and Statistics. A Master of Science in Nutrition or Health Promotion will be considered to meet the prerequisites for study towards a doctorate. A student from other disciplines may be required to take leveling courses generally not to exceed 15 semester hours.