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Human Nutrition [M.S.]

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Revised Program [Fall 2021]

Advance your knowledge of evidence-based nutrition with superb faculty and gain a competitive edge with the online Master of Science in Human Nutrition. The faculty have years of experience teaching online graduate courses because we were one of the first M.S. in Human Nutrition degrees to be offered online in the U.S. Our accomplished alumni work in health care, education, public health, human performance, business, and many other settings.  This degree does not lead to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential, but the Dietetics [M.S.]  degree is recommended for those seeking the RDN credential. Out-of-state students receive Michigan resident (in-state) tuition rates for all online EMU courses.

A total of 30-36 graduate-level credit hours are required to complete the M.S. in Human Nutrition program. Total credits are dependent upon the student’s individualized Program of Study. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the thesis option, and a minimum of 36 credits is required for the non-thesis research project or research writing options.

The M.S. in Human Nutrition program achieves its mission through:

  • Providing an exceptional distance learning environment;
  • Providing student-centered learning opportunities;
  • Promoting evidence-based knowledge and skills; and
  • Enhancing students’ critical thinking skills by collaborating with faculty to develop and complete research projects and professional publications.    

Career Opportunities

This degree will enhance your current degree and provide opportunities in health care, education, public health, human performance, business, and other related fields. In addition, if you are a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, 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

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, 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, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

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

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