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Nutrition and Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

The program is located at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis and utilizes facilities throughout central Indiana. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for Registered Dietitians to deepen their knowledge base and practice skills, particularly in the area of clinical nutrition. The curricu­lum is designed for the student who has a special interest in the nutritional requirements and provision of nutrition therapy in acute and chronic conditions, or the care of special popula­tions, such as pre-term infants. Program affiliations throughout central Indiana provide the opportunity for the student to work with patient populations in both outpatient and inpatient set­tings, as well as with the general public. Students may special­ize in either adult or pediatric nutrition.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.S. degree, a minimum of credit hours at the graduate level are required. Candidates for this degree may pe­tition to apply up to 8 credit hours of graduate work from other institutions or programs to this degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall, an appropriate level of achievement on the Graduate Record Examination, a current dietetic registration status and three letters of recommen­dation addressed to the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

The applicant must submit a completed application form to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, along with two copies of transcripts from all universities attended. Indiana Univer­sity graduates should request that the Registrar’s Office send unofficial copies of their transcript. Non–Indiana University graduates must submit at least one official transcript from each university attended. Proof of current dietetic registration status is required. A nonrefundable application fee is re­quired. Applications and further information may be obtained by writing to the following address:

Dawn Lipker
Student Enrollment Specialist
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
1140 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119

Grade Requirement

A minimum of a 3.0 (B) grade point average in graduate work is required for continuance in graduate study. When the grade point average of a student falls below 3.0 or the student is not making sufficient progress toward the degree, the Graduate Studies Committee will review the student’s record and recom­mend to the dean that the student be placed on probation. Unless the student achieves a 3.0 grade point average or begins making satisfactory progress, in the next semester of enroll­ment, the student will not ordinarily be allowed to continue in the graduate program. For more information about academic regulations, contact the program director.


Students may elect to complete a thesis or to take additional course work and complete a problem. Contact the graduate advisor for details.


Degree Requirements for the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options in the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics


Core Courses

(Non-Thesis Option: 18-19 credit hours; Thesis Option: 21-22 credit hours)

  • BIOC B500 Biochemistry (3 cr.) & PHSL F503 Human Physiology (4 cr.) OR BIOL 556 Physiology I (3 cr.) & BIOL 557 Physiology II (3cr.)
  • NURS R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr.) OR GRAD G651 Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 cr.)
  • SHRS N563 Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 cr.) OR SHRS W520 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences** (3 cr.) OR GRAD G610 Topics in Translational and Implementation Research (3 cr.) 
  • SHRS N598 Research in Nutrition (3 cr.; Thesis Option, 6 cr.)
  • SHRS N550 Human Nutritional Pathophysiology I (3 cr.)

Additional Credits chosen from the following:*

(Non-Thesis Option: 17-18 credit hours; Thesis Option: 14-15 credit hours)

  • SHRS N552 Human Nutritional Pathophysiology II (3 cr.)
  • SHRS N570 Pediatric Nutrition I # (3 cr.)
  • SHRS N572 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition # (3 cr.)
  • SHRS N576 Leadership in Pediatric Nutrition # (3 cr.)
  • Other Graduate Level Courses

Total 36 (for both options)

* There are two tracks in the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students interested in pediatric nutrition enroll in N550, N570, N572, and N576. Students interested in adult nutrition enroll in N550, N552,and additional courses that meet the particular interests of the stu­dent and are approved by the graduate advisor.

** Certificate Program in Health Sciences Patient Centered Outcomes

# For students pursuing the E-Learning Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition Program

E-Learning Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition Program

This e-learning certificate requires completion of 12 credits (four courses) and provides registered dietitians with specialized pediatric nutrition knowledge, clinical and leadership skills in pediatric health care. The e-learning certifi­cate course work applies to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree.

Course Requirements

SHRS N570 Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
SHRS N572 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
SHRS N576 Leadership Development in Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)

One of the following:

  • SHRS N574 Nutrition Management of High Risk Neonates and Infants (3 credits)
  • SHRS N596 Clinical Dietetics (3 credits)

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all required course work (the four des­ignated courses) with a grade of B or better. No credits will be accepted from other institutions to fulfill the requirements of the certificate. No undergraduate courses can be used to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Students admitted into the certificate program must meet all requirements of both the Graduate School and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The minimum admissions requirements are: bachelor’s degree from an accredited institu­tion, evidence of dietetic registration, and a total undergradu­ate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. To be admitted into the certificate program, students must submit the following:

  1. Evidence of dietetic registration.
  2. Official undergraduate transcripts.
  3. 300-500 word personal statement of academic and professional goals.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and professionalperformance.
  5. Application for e-learning certificate program "Leadership in Clinical Pediatric Nutrition."

E-learning Certificate Advisor

Karyl Rickard, 224 Coleman Hall, 1140 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5180, (317) 278-0933,
krickard [at] iupui [dot] edu

Applications and further information maybe obtained by contacting:

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Services
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
1140 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119

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