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Food and Nutrition Master of Science Program Online

Food and Nutrition Master of Science Program Online

Enhance your professional career while taking courses 100% online

  • Benefit from a convenient and flexible curriculum
  • Choose from two career-focused tracks
  • Earn your degree as quickly as 16 months with a fall start, including summer courses
  • Learn from faculty committed to your success
  • Expand your professional network
  • Opt for a dual master’s degree in a related field

IUP undergraduates can take graduate-level courses and even apply for early admission to the MS program!

Feed and fuel your future as a nutrition professional

Use the knowledge you gain from this program to expand your practice in health-related fields or compliment your background in areas such as biology, education, exercise science, journalism, marketing, and more to meet your career goals. If you are already a registered dietitian or food service professional, obtaining your master’s degree will improve your leadership opportunities.

Our MS in Food and Nutrition focuses on human and applied nutrition, critical for real-life situations. For those interested in pursuing a doctorate at another institution or improving your knowledge and skills in a specific research area, select the thesis option.

The MS in Food and Nutrition online degree will prepare you to:

  • Provide leadership that influences and contributes to the food and nutrition arena.
  • Translate important nutrition information for the public.
  • Utilize new knowledge to reduce nutrition-related chronic diseases and promote nutrition and wellness.

Gain specialized knowledge, greater opportunity

Our 36-credit MS in Food and Nutrition can be tailored to meet your career goals.

  • Take required core courses focusing on the essential nutrients and nutrition research methods, and identify elective courses to further your needs and interests.
  • Select from two tracks to enhance your specialization.
    1. Administration if you would like to: (a) Apply management and leadership principles to foodservice, clinical and community nutrition services; and (b) Evaluate emerging research to advance evidence-based clinical nutrition knowledge, skills, and practice.
    2. Education if you would like to: (a) Apply emerging research to advance evidence-and theory-based knowledge, skills and practice in implementation, and evaluation; (b) Use community and public health nutrition research and methods to support optimal nutritional status for individuals, groups, and populations; and (c) Advocate for food and nutrition public policy at local, state and national levels.
  • Choose between the thesis and non-thesis options.

Learn more about the degree requirements and course descriptions.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships at IUP are selectively awarded to highly qualified graduate students. New applicants and current students are encouraged to complete their application for admission, which includes a required field about graduate assistantships, by February 1.

Note: Assistantship applications submitted beyond this date may still be reviewed.

Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator to determine which options are best for you.

Stephanie Taylor-Davis, PhD, RD, LDN

Access the FAQ page to learn more!

  • Food and Nutrition Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 102
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4440
  • Fax: 724-357-3007
  • Semester Office Hours
  • Monday–Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.– Noon
  • 1:00–4:30 p.m.