May 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Science in Human Nutrition (NUTR)

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  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a Graduate Application
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities (EMU alums do no need to request official transcripts)
  3. Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  4. 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.
  5. Personal Statement for why you are applying for a Master of Science in Human Nutrition
  6. 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

It is great that you are considering Eastern Michigan University for your online degree program. Before you apply, though, it is critical that you make sure you are eligible to enroll in a program based in Michigan. EMU is an approved State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant. That means EMU can enroll students into online programs who live in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. 

Check your eligibility to attend EMU: Is your state a SARA member? If yes, you are eligible to enroll in an EMU–Online program. If your state is not a SARA member, you may still be eligible to enroll at Eastern Michigan University. For more information, please click here.

School Information

Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Services

Colleen Croxall, Ph.D. | Director | 313 Marshall | 734.487.4096 |

Advisor Information

Alice Jo Rainville, Ph.D., RD, CHE, SNS, FAND | 335 Marshall | 734.487.0430 |

Career Opportunities

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.

Prerequisite Courses

Taken at EMU or an approved equivalent course at another university.

Grade of “C” or better in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (EMU equivalent SPMD 269   or BIO 326 )
  • Foundations of Biochemistry (EMU equivalent CHEM 351 )
  • Elementary Statistics (EMU equivalent SOCL 250  or STAT 170 )

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

A total of 30-36 credit hours are required to complete the program. Total credits are dependent upon the 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.

Department Courses: 18-34 hours

Extended Program

This graduate program is available at an EMU off-campus location or entirely online | Locations