Ready to earn your Nutrition and Food Systems MS?
Teaching others the art of healthy eating is something that you live for. You are ready to specialize and focus your knowledge on the dietetic practice and nutrition program for children, but sitting in a classroom to earn a masters degree may not be conducive to your current lifestyle. The University of Southern Mississippi offers a fully online Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems with an emphasis in Management of Child Nutrition Programs.
With this convenient and affordable program, you can customize your plan of study to fit with your busy lifestyle. Master this unique learning experience anywhere, anytime with this Nutrition and Food Systems MS from Southern Miss. This is your life, plus college.
Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree.
- Child Nutrition Services Manager
- Director of Child Nutrition Services
- Health and Nutrition Coordinator
- Field Supervisions for Child Nutrition
- Health Promotion
- Community Health Worker
- Cooperative Extension Nutrition Worker
- Health Educator
Your future starts at Southern Miss!
Alternately, The University of Southern Mississippi also offers a Child Nutrition Program Management Undergraduate Certificate online, as well as a Management of Child Nutrition Programs Graduate Certificate online.
Requirements for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems
Core Requirements (9-12 hours)
|Introduction to Educational Statistics||3 hrs.|
|Research Techniques for Nutrition and Food Systems||3 hrs.|
|Thesis (1-6 hrs.)||9 hrs.|
|Special Problems in Nutrition (1-4 hrs.)||4 hrs.|
Requirements for Emphasis in Management of Child Nutrition Programs (21-24 hours)
|Financial Management in Child Nutrition Programs||3 hrs.|
|Food Production Management in Child Nutrition Programs||3 hrs.|
|The Nutrition of Children||3 hrs.|
|Child Nutrition Program Management||3 hrs.|
Choose 9-12 hours of advisor-approved directed electives, to include 3-9 hours of additional NFS courses (e.g., NFS 662, NFS 713, NFS 810), and 3-9 hours from selected EDA, LIS, REF or other suitable courses (e.g., EDA 601, EDA 602, EDA 616, LIS 545, REF 601).
The emphasis in Dietetic Practice is fully online and fulfills Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements for supervised practice. Students in the Dietetic Practice emphasis must also be admitted to a dietetic internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The emphasis in Management of Child Nutrition Programs is available as a fully online program.
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional course fees may apply. Fees range between $20 – $60.
The Mississippi Department of Education has approved the coursework in this program to meet the educational requirements for School Food Service Administrator. If you are from another state, please check with your state agency to determine if these courses will meet your state requirements.
If you have taken the GRE within 5 years you can have the scores sent to the graduate admissions office.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
Yes, the program is available totally online. Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture may be required by your instructor.
No, online students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.
Make sure to submit everything onlined to the Graduate School.
- Apply here: https://www.usm.edu/graduate-school/apply-graduate-school
- Submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years.
- Transcripts sent to the Graduate School.
- Basic nutrition class equivalent to our NFS 362.