Nutrition and Food Systems MS
It's time to get your Nutrition degree online at Southern Miss?
Total Hours: 33-36
Cost per Credit Hour:
1-3 years *pending hours enrolled.
1-3 years *pending hours enrolled.
1. Statement of Purpose 2. CV/Resume
Are you interested in having a career that promotes a healthy lifestyle? The online Nutrition and Food Systems Degree offers opportunities to pursue and advance in dietetics, child nutrition, food and nutrition service management, and community nutrition. Courses in areas such as leadership, nutrition counseling and education, and health promotion complement the traditional areas of dietetics, creating a well-rounded food and nutrition professional. Students not pursuing a dietetic internship also have opportunities to pursue careers in dietetics, school food service, child nutrition program management, food and nutrition services management, and community nutrition. The curriculum provides students with an understanding of research design and advanced knowledge in nutrition and/or food systems management.
The fully online Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems emphasizing Dietetics Practice enables students who are enrolled in a dietetic internship to complete half of their degree concurrently with supervised practice, while the remainder of the Online Nutrition and Food Systems Degree requirements can be completed fully online.
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The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.
The Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers to applicants to the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 terms.
Course Requirements (33-36 hours)
Research Techniques I
Research Techniques II
Research in Food and Nutrition
Thesis (1-6 hours)
Research requirements (9-12 hours)
Nutrition Core (9 Hours)
Global Nutrition and Health
Nutrition Education: Theory, Research, and Practice
Food and Nutrition Public Policy
Advisor Approved Directed Electives (15 hrs.)
Food Systems Management*
Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy*
Seminar in Food and Nutrition*
Management of Nutritional Services: A Behavioral Approach*
Advanced Practice in Nutrition and Food Systems*
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
Only students who apply to dietetic internships that are directly affiliated with the Master of Science in Nutrition & Food Systems (Dietetic Practice Emphasis) are eligible to apply for our program. If you are not sure if your Dietetic Internship has a formal affiliation, please contact the director of the internship for more information.
The application to graduate school is an entirely separate application process. You will need to apply to the graduate school at Southern Miss in addition to applying to your internship program.
The process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is a 3-step process that includes completing an accredited undergraduate program, getting accepted into and completing an accredited dietetic internship along with a master’s degree, and successfully passing the registration examination for dietitians. A master’s degree alone does not allow one to work as a dietitian nutritionist.
In addition to the coursework, students must also complete a dietetic internship that is integrated with the master’s degree. Students must also complete a capstone research project and take written and oral comprehensive examinations.
Online classes waive the out of state fees. All coursework for this degree program is delivered in an online format.
Internships that affiliate with Southern Miss have their own fees. Questions about fees related to the internship need to be addressed by the internship director.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the largest provider of dietetic scholarships to deserving students at all levels of study http://www.eatrightfoundation.org/Foundation/scholarships/. The USM Foundation provides a variety of scholarships to eligible students through a scholarship application system www.usmfoundation.com/go.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
In addition to any costs and fees affiliated with the dietetic internship, you will be charged tuition. Tuition is charged per credit hour up to twelve (12) hours for undergraduates and up to nine (9) hours for graduates.
Regular admission to the Nutrition and Food Systems master of science degree program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 in the last 60 hours of coursework, with no grade lower than a C; a 3.0 GPA in major; a 2.7 GPA on selected science prerequisites; a statement of purpose; resume; and three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s work and qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. The letters of recommendation should offer clear support for the applicant’s ability and potential for success in the program. Applicants whose native language is not English must have a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTs, or the equivalent, for regular admission. Performance in specific courses related to the desired major will also be evaluated. Graduate work in the major and minor fields of specialization must be preceded by coursework sufficient to satisfy undergraduate requirements or enough related work to indicate the student’s ability to do graduate work in the major field. Students may correct academic deficiencies by taking or auditing recommended undergraduate courses. Members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Students who wish to pursue the Dietetic Internship must also meet the following requirements and submit the following documents:
- Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement
- Undergraduate DPD curriculum minimum GPA of 3.00 and science GPA of 2.7 with no grade lower than a “C”
- Successful applicants must be admitted to a dietetic internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Program Requirements and Academic Policies
In addition to the requirements detailed in General Degree Requirements and General Academic Information, students must pass a criminal background check and obtain professional liability insurance.
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