Nutritional Science and Dietetics - MS

Research Design and Methods

Develop and conduct original scientific research including appropriate design, methods, analysis, and interpretation.

Evaluate Evidence for the Role of Nutrition in Human Health

Critically evaluate, summarize, and present evidence for the role of nutrition in optimizing human health and preventing, managing, or treating chronic diseases.

The MS program in Nutritional Science and Dietetics offers two tracks. The nutritional science track is designed to prepare graduate students for doctoral programs and professional school (medicine, podiatry, physician's assistant, dental). Graduates are also employed in government, industry, community, and not for profit organizations. Graduates who are registered dietitians are prepared to work in hospitals, dietetics management, or community nutrition.

The dietetics track is designed to meet the supervised practice and course requirements to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examinations for Dietitian and Nutritionists (RDN exam). Upon graduation and completion of the RDN exam graduates work in multiple areas including hospitals, wellness, large food service operations, business and industry, community health programs, management, and  entrepreneurial or private practice.

Research opportunities include focus on vitamin or mineral metabolism, muscle energy metabolism, bone metabolism, energy metabolism, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, management in dietetics, and international or community nutrition.

Requirements for Nutrition Science MS Specialization.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (NDFS 699R)
  • Prerequisites: NDFS 424, 435; Chem 481
  • Required courses: NDFS 601, 602, 691R, 699R; Stat 511
  • Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor
  • Examinations: oral examination on course work; and thesis defense
  • Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.

Requirements for the Dietetics MS Specialization:

  • 33 credit hours (27 credits course work, plus 6 credits project hours)
  • Required Core Courses:  NDFS 620R, 621, 622, 637, 638, 691, STATS 511 (17 credits)
  • Additional requirements:  Minimum of 6 credits from the following NDFS 425, 601, 602, 633, 634, 635
  • Elective Courses:  Minimum of 4 credits from NDFS courses or other related courses
  • 1,200 hours supervised practice
  • Project: project proposal, implementation of project, final project report 698R (6 credits)
Fall Deadline:
February 1
Winter Deadline:
June 30
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Additional Requirements:
Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or,
Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking
Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
Also, if Dietetics Emphasis:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Brigham Young University’s accredited undergraduate dietetics program 
Personal interview with the selection committee
Successful applicants typically have
Completed the BYU Graduate Studies application correctly
GPA scores ≥ 3.2
Combined GRE Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores of ≥ 300, and ≥ 400 on the Analytical Writing test. If a standardized test (GMAT, for example) is used in place of the GRE, then the applicant should score at or above the 57th percentile for that test. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.
If International applicant and native language is not English:
IELTS total band score ≥ 7.0 (with a minimum band score of 6.0 on each module); or
TOEFL score ≥ 237 (computer based), or
TOEFL ≥ 580 (paper based); or
TOEFL iBT of at least 85 (with a minimum score of 22 in the Speaking section and a minimum score of 21 in other sections)
Identified and met with a graduate faculty member with a similar research interest as the applicant’s. (If it is not possible to personally meet with a faculty member, a telephone conversation is recommended).
Other issues taken into consideration include
Relevant work experience
Previous graduate degrees earned
Commitment (full-time vs. part-time) to graduate education
Required Tests: GRE
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