Study nutrition at UGA with our M.S., Ph.D., or special programs.

Master of Science

Thesis Option

In the thesis option you'll conduct an in-depth research study in one of our specialized program areas in conjunction with supporting coursework.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option provides a research experience and additional coursework to prepare you for clinical, community, industry and government careers.  In contrast to the M.S.-thesis option, the required research project is smaller in scope and is not designed for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree.

M.S. Dietetic Internship

In the Dietetic Internship you'll complete supervised practice hours within healthcare or community-based settings that qualify you to take the registration exam to become a registered dietitian. You may pursue either the thesis or non-thesis option.


The Ph.D. program allows extensive research and study in any one of our specialized program areas.  You are provided with customized training in

  • Research methodologies
  • Effective grant writing
  • Dissemination of research findings at scientific conferences and in published journals and books
  • Teaching students and/or the public in academic and community settings
  • Making scholarly contributions to the profession and society

Careers include positions as university faculty, government agency experts and as scientists in the food and pharmaceutical industries.


Student research training spans the basic, clinical, and applied sciences.  Research experiences, courses, internships, certificates, and certifications prepare students for careers in:

  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Public health
  • Schools
  • Wellness programs

Interdisciplinary Education

Our faculty and students have interdisciplinary concentrations involving:

  • Obesity
  • Dietetics
  • Genetics
  • Children
  • Clinical
  • Phytochemicals
  • Sports
  • Public health
  • Regenerative medicine

Classroom or Online

Courses are offered in traditional classroom settings and a growing number of courses and programs are offered in online and distance education formats.  The School Nutrition Director Certification Program is fully online.

Financial Aid

More than 90% of our full-time graduate students are awarded financial aid and work alongside our faculty conducting research, providing nutrition interventions in community settings, and teaching undergraduate courses.