Our fully accredited online nutrition degree program consists of 41 credit hours of core curriculum courses, and 3 credit hours of an elective course followed by completion of a comprehensive examination, which is given on campus after the completion of courses.
The exam is offered twice annually, once in spring and once in fall. A thesis can be completed as an elective but the comprehensive exam is also required. Online nutrition students will receive their classes via the digital Canvas system and also utilize synchronous learning technology to provide a virtual classroom in selected courses.
The online Master's in Nutrition program supports the acquisition, utilization, and application of nutrition principles in clinical situations. Coursework is designed to assist the student in gaining proficiency in counseling clients/patients in alternative and complementary nutritional therapies. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for medical, chiropractic, and other healthcare providers to expand their practice through knowledge gained from graduate studies in nutrition.
Licensure or certification is available through several individual states or national nutritional organizations. Consult with state health departments or specific organizations for exact eligibility. The program is a graduate-level program and is NOT designed to lead to the registered dietician (R.D.) designation.
The program provides its graduates with a foundation for entering Ph.D. programs in nutrition.
Following completion of the core curriculum, all online students are required to complete a one-day Comprehensive Examination. The exam is held twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, on the main campus in Bridgeport, CT. Typically, students take the exam during their last semester, simultaneously with their elective (which is not covered on the exam). Travel expenses are the students responsibility. Post graduate seminars are offered most exam weekends the day after the comp exam affording online students a unique on campus experience with their classmates and other nutrition professionals. Details on the seminars are provided when registering for the comp exam.
The M.S. in Human Nutrition is offered in its entirety online. The courses are designed to be learner-centered in terms of scheduling, duration, learning materials, assignments, and interaction between faculty and students and among students. The online interaction is designed to encourage thoughtful and well-prepared discussions based on both the students command of the coursework and their personal nutrition experience.
Courses can be accessed at anytime from anywhere. Interaction with professors and other students is done through email and an online discussion board. Participation multiple times per week for each class is expected. Weekly assignments are given with submission dates. Exams are timed.
The Human Nutrition Program is licensed and accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation by The American Dietetic Association is not required, since the Master of Science program is NOT a dietetics training program. It does not include the 900 hours of clinical training required for eligibility to take the registration examination for the R.D. credential.