Graduate Study (M.S.) - NIU - Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics


Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics

Graduate study in the M.S. degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics focuses upon applied human nutrition. This focus ranges from nutrition as a primary factor in health promotion and disease prevention in the community to medical nutrition therapy in health care facilities.

Take a closer look or check out our program goals and the course catalog.

The major is designed to prepare students to work as registered dietitians and nutritionists in a variety of public and private health organizations in county, state, and government agencies or as patient-care dietitians in hospitals and other health-care systems.

Registered dietitians may advance their knowledge of nutrition and acquire research skills.

Students interested in nutritional biochemistry may receive a certificate from the Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies by taking additional courses.


Applicants must have completed a didactic program in Dietetics with specific prerequisite courses including general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or bacteriology, general or human biology, human physiology, science of nutrition, applied nutrition, nutrition in clinical care (2 semesters), principles of food preparation, and statistics. Applicants who are also applying for admission to the dietetic internship must have completed a didactic program in Dietetics. Students whose baccalaureate degree was in a field other than dietetics, should consult the Coordinator of NDHM, Dr Josephine Umoren at, to identify deficiencies and develop a plan for their removal.

Degree Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours in the program is required for graduation. A complete description of the degree requirements is given in the Nutrition and Dietetics section of the graduate catalog.

Dietetic Internship

Students pursuing the degree may apply to the dietetic internship. Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the internship offers experiences that qualify students to take the Registration Examination in Dietetics. Admission to the dietetic internship is competitive and separate applications are required. Internship applications are accepted in February. For more information, contact Nancy Prange at

A maximum of 2 semester hours in the practicum may be applied toward the degree.


Admission materials are available from the Graduate School. The minimum admission standards include at least a B average in the prerequisite courses. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores are required.

Students may enroll as students-at-large prior to final admission to the program. Up to 15 hours of courses listed as degree requirements may be transferred into the degree program upon acceptance to the program.

Post-baccalaureate students who have degrees in something other than nutrition and dietetics should go through the DPD evaluation process.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships providing monthly stipends and tuition waivers are available on a competitive basis. Completed forms should be sent to the NDHM coordinator prior to March 1.