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Nutrition and Dietetics

School of Health and Human 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 nutrition requirements and provision of nutrition therapy in acute and chronic conditions, or across the lifecycle. 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 adult nutrition.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.S. degree, a minimum of 36 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, a current dietetic registration status and three letters of recommendation addressed to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The applicant must complete IUPUI Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application and submit official transcript 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.

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 a project. Contact the graduate advisor for details.


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


Core Courses (19-21 credits)

Science Requirement (8-9 cr.)

  • BIOC B500 Biochemistry (3 cr.)
  • BIOL 556 Physiology I (3 cr.) and
  • BIOL 557 Physiology II (3 cr.)


  • PHSL F503 Human Physiology (5 cr.)

Statistics and Research Methods (12 cr.)

  • NURS R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr.) OR
  • PBHL P551 Biostatistics for Public Health (3 cr.)
  • NTRD N563 Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 cr.) OR
  • NTRD W520 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences** (3 cr.) OR
  • NTRD N598 Research in Nutrition (6 cr.)

Adult Nutrition Option (15-17 cr.)

  • NTRD N550 Human Nutritional Pathophysiology I (3 cr.)
  • NTRD N552 Human Nutritional Pathophysiology II (3 cr.)

Total 36 (for both options)

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