The Department of Foods and Nutrition graduate program is ranked in the top 25 programs in the nation. Our students are employed or are admitted to other graduate or professional degree programs shortly after graduation. For this reason, we attract a high caliber of students from a variety of backgrounds into our graduate programs.
Our faculty offers you a wealth of research opportunities. Study in clinical, basic science, or culinary science areas. We also have a sports nutrition emphasis. Find out more in our video message below from our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Jamie Cooper.
The Ph.D. program allows extensive research and study in any one of our specialized program areas. You are provided with customized training in:
Careers include positions as university faculty, government agency experts and as scientists in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
In the M.S. Thesis option you'll conduct an in-depth research study in one of our specialized program areas in conjunction with supporting coursework.
The M.S. 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.
The M.S. Non-Thesis, Community Nutrition Online option is 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.
In the M.S./Dietetic Intership 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.
Double Dawgs enables you to complete both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 5 years or less.
Internships, certificates, certifications, and other special programs are available to pursue as part of your graduate degree.
Student research training spans the basic, clinical and applied sciences. Research experiences, courses, internships, certificates, and certifications will prepare you for careers in:
Our faculty and students have interdisciplinary concentrations involving:
Courses are offered in traditional classroom settings and a growing number of courses and programs are offered in online and distance education formats. Online options include:
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.
Our students are award winners at the international and university-, state- and nation-wide levels. We give our graduates cutting-edge nutrition education and research experience so they shine as leaders in their careers. Here's what some of them are up to: