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Nutritional Sciences Program

Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences

Graduate training in nutritional sciences can lead to excellent career opportunities. Recent graduates from our program have pursued career options in university teaching and research, the practice of dietetics, administration of local or state nutrition programs, or in the private sector. Current job titles listed on the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Website are Clinical Dietitian, Community Nutritionist, Dietetic Technician, and Community Nutritionist.

Program Description

The Nutritional Sciences Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in Nutritional Sciences.The Program offers the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-approved Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which is required for attaining registered dietitian (RD) status. Through this optional program, training in the application of nutritional sciences to dieteticpractice is provided through didactic, clinical, and community experiences.

Principal areas of study include public health nutrition, experimental nutrition, and clinical nutrition. The faculty is composed of a core group in nutrition and a larger interdisciplinary group representing nutrition within the Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Completion of the program normally requires five to six quarters of full-time study. The optional Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics requires enrollment for additional quarters. Students usually enroll for at least twelve credit hours per quarter. Ten credit hours are required for full-time student status. Part-time study is not recommended, but may be possible for some students.

Strong links to the University's Health Sciences Center, a world-renowned research and teaching facility, are a particular asset of the program. Through links to the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, the Clinical Research Center, and the School of Public Health, students can participate in nutrition research projects, clinical rotations, counseling, community education projects, and other public health programs.

Thesis and Advisor

Students are appointed an appropriate academic advisor from the core faculty, and throughout the program, this faculty advisor monitors the student's progress and assists in mapping out an appropriate plan of study. During the course of their study, students will choose a thesis chair and select a research topic that coincides with their individual interests.

The curriculum and learning objectives for the MS may be seen on our MS web page.

For additional admissions requirements please visit our Admissions Information page.

Useful Links

University of Washington
Graduate School
School of Public Health
General Master's Degree Info
Academic Calendar
Tuition Rates
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Grants and Funding Information Service
Equivalency Guide for Washington Community and Technical Colleges

Updated November 15, 2013


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