Sep 26, 2021
The online Master of Science in Human Nutrition provides an in-depth study of nutrition based on sound and current scientific evidence. This degree does not lead to the RD credential. The Master of Science in Dietetics is recommended for those seeking the RD credential.
Out-of-state students receive Michigan resident (in-state) tuition rates for all EMU-Canvas courses.
Human Nutrition Infographic
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a Graduate Application
- Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities (EMU alums do no need to request official transcripts)
- Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program.
- Personal Statement for why you are applying for a Master of Science in Human Nutrition
- Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives
Students with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their international transcripts from the Educational Perspectives (EP) credential evaluation service. Click here for additional information.
Online Education for Out-of-State Students
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School of Health Sciences - College of Health and Human Services
This degree can enhance your current degree and provide opportunities in health care, business, education and the field of human performance. If you are a registered dietitian, this degree allows you to obtain Continuing Professional Education toward maintaining your credential.
Number of Credits:
A total of 30-36 credit hours are required to complete the program. Total credits are dependent upon individualized program of study. If there are deficiencies in your undergraduate program of study or if a course needs to be repeated, additional credit hours may be required.
Taken at EMU or an approved equivalent course at another university.
Grade of “C” or better in:
Grade of “B” or better in:
- Principles of Human Nutrition (EMU equivalent DTC 202 )
- Nutrient Metabolism - Macronutrients (EMU equivalent DTC 302 )
- Nutrition of the Lifecycle (EMU equivalent DTC 372 )
- Community Nutrition/Nutrition Therapy III (EMU equivalent DTC 430 )
Note: Students who do not have a degree in nutrition or dietetics will need two nutrition courses with a grade of B or above before taking any graduate courses.
Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours
Department Courses: 18-34 hours
Required Courses: 9 hours
Supporting Nutrition and Foods: 3-19 hours
Culminating Experience: 3-6 hours
Select from either Option I, Option II, or Option III
Option I: Thesis
The thesis option involves a research study that is planned, executed, and written in thesis format. This option includes three classes (six credit hours). Each student must have a committee of at least two people; the thesis chair must have a PhD and be an EMU faculty. More specifically, the thesis consists of a research study that requires 5 chapters detailing the study. Statistical analysis is the responsibility of the student. Chapters 1-3 are a proposal of the study, written in Thesis I. Chapter 1 is the introduction, chapter 2 is the review of literature, and chapter 3 is the methodology (how you will do the study). Thesis II involves data collection and statistical analysis of the data. Chapters 4 (Results) and 5 (Conclusions) are written. Thesis III involves dissemination of the research through a poster presentation or an article in a peer-reviewed journal.
- DTC 691 - Thesis I 2 hrs
- DTC 692 - Thesis II 3 hrs
- DTC 693 - Thesis III 1 hr
Option II: Research
The research option is a three class series (six credit hours) working with one professor on a project that the student and professor agree on. More specifically, you may follow the same format as the thesis without the complicated statistics. You may also choose something completely different. For example, one student has designed a module to train future students on autism. In addition, students are guided toward submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.
- DTC 694 - Research I 2 hrs
- DTC 695 - Research II 3 hrs
- DTC 696 - Research III 1 hr
Option III: Research Writing
The research writing option is one class (three credit hours) focused on biomedical research writing. Students complete a series of assignments in research writing; complete a newsletter article, and a short manuscript that is distributed electronically to faculty and staff in the School of Health Sciences at the end of the semester.
- DTC 601 - Research Writing 3 hrs
Cognate Courses: 3-19 hours
Supporting Courses: 0-16 hours
Course options outside the Human Nutrition Department must be arranged with the program advisor.
This program is available at an EMU off-campus location or entirely online. For a list of locations, please click here