The demand for nutrition professionals is on the rise. With the emergence of the obesity epidemic and the new era of nutritional genetics, unprecedented and exciting career opportunities are becoming available for nutrition graduates. In addition, changes in health care, increases in reimbursements, and the need for evidence-based practice require nutrition professionals to obtain advanced clinical and research skills.
The MS in Applied Nutrition is based on a solid scientific foundation with a strong focus in nutritional epidemiology, food and nutrition program evaluation, and the most up to date issues in the nutrition field. This MS degree enhances promotion and job mobility for individuals in health, dietetics, and the food industry, as well as community and public health nutritionists.
The 32-credit M.S. in Applied Nutrition is designed to be flexible and to accommodate the returning adult learner. Emphasis is placed on providing students with the following skills:
- Critical evaluation skills through analysis of research literature.
- Ability to integrate and apply what is learned to relevant and current situations.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of the most recent developments in the field.
- Strong background in theory of health behavior and the translation of theory into practice, a valuable tool in public health, community as well as clinical nutrition settings.
- Skills in planning, conducting, and evaluating food and nutrition programs and interventions.
- Hands-on experience in designing and conducting research including identifying research hypotheses, developing surveys, collecting and analyzing data, as well as interpreting results and write-up. All students will be encouraged to publish their work.
Applicants to the program must meet the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School. An interview with the Director of Graduate Program in Nutrition is recommended.
Registered Dietitians with Graduate Credits
Official transcripts will be evaluated. A maximum of nine graduate credits or 25 percent of the degree, whichever is greater, may be transferred from another institution if such work was completed within five years of the first course counted toward the MS degree at Sage. Transferred credits must be a “B” or better.
Registered Dietitians Who Completed the Sage Graduate School Dietetic Internship
Credits earned through the Sage Graduate School Dietetic Internship will apply to the MS in Applied Nutrition. Students must complete the remaining 21 credits including a master’s project (NTR 690 and NTR 691 ) in order to graduate with an M.S. in Applied Nutrition.
Applicants with Bachelor’s Degree in a Field Other Than Nutrition
Official transcripts will be evaluated. Certain nutrition prerequisites (normally SCI 120, NTR 311, 502, 504, and 517) will be required in preparation for graduate study. Additional basic courses needed are Introdution to Psychology and Statistics. Anatomy and Physiology, General and Organic chemistry are highly recommended.
Students may attend the MS degree program on a full-time or part-time basis. The program is a minimum of three to four terms for full-time students. Working students and commuting students will find courses conveniently scheduled. Courses are offered during the daytime as well as evenings and possibly on a weekly, every-other-week, or weekend institute basis. Some courses are held in convenient one-credit modules. It may be possible to take two or three courses on one particular day. Courses are non-sequential, allowing students to enter the program at any point in time.