Jul 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Human Nutrition [M.S.]

Revised Program [Fall 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 Dietetics [M.S.]  is recommended for those seeking the RD credential. Out-of-state students receive Michigan resident (in-state) tuition rates for all EMU-Canvas courses.

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.

Important Information

Human Nutrition Infographic  

Human Nutrition Student Handbook  


This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Personal Statement for why you are applying for a Master of Science in Human Nutrition
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives

School Information

Health Sciences | Colleen Croxall, Ph.D., Director | 313 Marshall, 734.487.4096, ccroxall@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Alice Jo Rainville, Ph.D., RD, CHE, SNS, FAND, 335 Marshall, 734.487.0430. arainvill@emich.edu

Prerequisite Courses

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

A grade of “C” or better in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (EMU equivalent EXSC 269  or BIO 326 )
  • Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry (EMU equivalent CHEM 120 ) OR Foundations of Biochemistry (EMU equivalent CHEM 351 )
  • Elementary Statistics (EMU equivalent SOCL 250  or STAT 170 )

A 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 430W )

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. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the thesis option and a minimum of 36 credits are required for the research project or research writing option. If there are prerequisite deficiencies in your undergraduate degree or if a course needs to be repeated, additional credit hours may be required.

Department Courses: 18-34 hours