The Master of Science degree program is designed to provide advanced training in food and nutrition through both course work and research. The program prepares students for food- and nutrition-related careers or to complement their existing occupations
by increasing the depth of their knowledge with respect to food and nutrition, developing research skills, and enhancing their application skills by specializing in the area of applied human nutrition. Students choose either the thesis or non-thesis
option and also between two tracks: (1) Administration, or (2) Education.
Graduates of the program are employed by hospitals, non-profit organizations, foodservice and hospitality industries, educational institutions, public health agencies, fitness facilities, and state and federal government. Students may continue their education
to pursue doctoral degrees.
Students who enter the program usually have a baccalaureate degree
in nutrition/dietetics or a health-related field. Those with degrees in areas
such as education, other sciences, and culinary arts may also qualify and value
a graduate degree in food and nutrition. In addition to the admissions
application, all official transcripts, a goal statement, a resume, and letters
of recommendation must be on file with the school of graduate studies and
research prior to any department decision.
The department offers an accredited dietetic internship for those
students interested in becoming a registered dietitian. Admission to this
program requires a separate application and an accreditation council for
education in nutrition and dietetics verification statement. Information can be
obtained by contacting the food and nutrition dietetic internship program
Thesis and Non-Thesis Degree Options are distinguished based on III. Research Requirement.
A. Administration Track
B. Education Track
All students must engage in research. Thesis option students will complete 6 credits of FDNT 795 Thesis. Non-thesis option students will enroll in FDNT 661 and FDNT 662.
Students will elect additional courses from the IUP Graduate Catalog (including FDNT courses) that are appropriate for their needs and interests as they work toward meeting the program objectives. The Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair will approve