A professionally oriented program for those who wish to expand their knowledge and ability to utilize nutrition research in fields such as school nutrition, extension service, community outreach, the food industry and more.

  • 30 Credit Hour Non-Thesis Master's of Science degree
  • All courses taught 100% online
  • Can be completed in as little as 1 full year or over several years part time
  • Courses offered year round
  • Experienced and highly accomplished professors
  • Developed to meet the needs of working profesisonals and those desiring to further their knowledge and careers in nutrition related fields
  • The program provides opportunities for hands on real world experience in providing nutrition interventions and education
  • Students who wish to obtain their Georgia School Nutrition Director’s certification may be able to meet all requirements for our school nutrition director’s certification program within the framework of this degree

 Admission Criteria

  • Hold Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses of 3.0 or above on 4-point scale
  • Provide valid Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as scholar
  • Develop statement of purposes and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
  • Have access to computer with high-speed internet connection, and email account
  • Work or volunteer experience in an area related to health, nutrition, or food science preferred

Program Requirements

FDNS Core (19 hrs.)

FDNS 4050/6050E (3) Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span

FDNS 6240E  (3) Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan

FDNS 6670E (4) School and Community Nutrition Education

FDNS 6560E (3) Nutrition Health and Aging

FDNS 6665E (3) Childhood  and Adolescent Nutrition  NEW

FDNS 6640E (3) Food Sanitation-need to convert to online version

Research Methods (3 Hrs.)

ERSH 4200E/6200E Methods of Research in Education (3) or

LLOD 6200E Evaluating and Interpreting Research in Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (3) or

ALDR 8200E Research Methods in Agricultural Education (3)

Human Resources (2 Hrs.)

FDNS 6620E Management of Food Service Organizations (2)

Elective (6-7 Hrs

School Nutrition ONLY-FDNS 6770E Managing School Nutrition Programs (4)

ALDR 7350E Team and Organization Development in Ag. Organization (3)

LLOD 7030E Program Development in Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (3)

LLOD 7040E Training Design and Delivery (3)

ALDR 7020E  (changing to ALDR 8350E) Program Evaluation (3)

ALDR (AGED) (AGCM) 4800E/6800E Grant Seeking (3)

FDST 7150E Food Ingredients and Function (3)

LLOD 8205E Leading from Within: Developing Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Capacity (3)

LLOD 8210E Leading Change in Workplace and Adult Ed. Org. (3)

ALDR 7350E Team and Organization Development (3)

LLOD 8320E Facilitating Group Change and Development (3)

LLOD 8110E Learning, Leadership & Organization Development For Community Development (3)

WFED 9020E Leadership Development in Workforce Education (3)

LLOD 8300E Organization Development (3)

Other appropriate electives with approval

School Nutrition Director students may wish to add one or both of these to their program of study if needed for GaPSC certification: 

FDNS 7650E (1) Field Experience I

FDNS 7670E (1) Field Experience II