M.A. in Nutrition Education with focus on Wellness Promotion

Program Overview

This program is designed for individuals from a variety of health and human performance disciplines who wish to add nutrition and wellness counseling expertise to their current professional work. The program provides a foundation in nutrition science, counseling and education skills, and practice-based research, combined with a range of elective course choices. The electives allow you to obtain a master's degree that is tailored to your goals.


Candidates are required to complete a 45-credit program consisting of the core requirements (nine credits) and various concentration requirements and program electives. View the full course requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Obtain in-depth knowledge of nutrient metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, changing nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, and specialized topics in applied nutrition
  • Communicate nutrition information to a variety of audiences, utilizing knowledge of interpersonal communication, program development and implementation, and counseling skills
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and present original research
  • Utilize nutrition literature and resources, integrate nutrition knowledge from a variety of sources, and apply this knowledge to complex, real-world human situations

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the graduate admissions application.
  • Completion of didactic coursework that constitutes a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or prerequisite coursework including:
    • General Chemistry with laboratory (CHE 101 and 102 or equivalents)
    • Organic Chemistry with laboratory (CHE 201 or equivalent)
    • Biochemistry with laboratory (CHE 202)
    • Nutrition (with an organic chemistry prerequisite, FNU 305 or equivalent)
    • Advanced Nutrition (FNU 322 or equivalent)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 207 or equivalent)
    • Statistics (May be replaced with GEN 517.)

As deemed necessary, you may be required to take undergraduate courses to meet these admission requirements prior to acceptance into the graduate program.