Master of Food and Nutrition (MFN)

7-week 100% online

Food and Nutrition

The study of our relationship with food has never been more relevant than it is today. BGSU’s Master of Food and Nutrition program is designed for those interested in the advanced study of food and nutrition who have a baccalaureate degree in food, nutrition or a related field.

Available on-campus or online, this degree can be tailored by selecting additional topics in nutrition. You may also choose other areas of study such as public health, psychology, exercise physiology and education. Our talented faculty members will use their professional expertise and scholarship to help you meet your professional goals.   

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The advanced study of food, nutrition and health

You can adapt the BGSU master’s in food and nutrition degree to a wide variety of possible professional outcomes including becoming a food scientist, nutrition educator, clinical dietitian, clinical nutrition manager, sports dietitian or company dietitian/wellness manager.

BGSU also has a dietetics internships program with initial ACEND accreditation that offers a potential pathway to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Your degree, your way

The 100% online nature of the BGSU courses allows students to study at their pace and schedule. The significant benefits of greater scheduling freedom and savings on time and travel costs mean the course fits your current commitments. With straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, achieving the MFN will demonstrate skill and expertise in human nutrition to employers and clients.

Career opportunities

Nutritionists and dietitians help people establish diet patterns that work for their health needs. Professionals with these skills have never been more in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment rates for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to increase by 11 percent during the decade spanning 2020 and 2030.

Developments in preventative health care could be driving this growth, along with the nation’s obesity epidemic, increases in avoidable diseases and conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. In reaction to these issues, peoples’ interest in taking charge of their health has never been higher.

Career paths

  • Clinical Dietitian - Pediatrics
  • Clinical Nutrition Manager
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Sports Dietitian
  • Food Scientist
  • Company Dietitian/Wellness Manager

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If you have a food and nutrition bachelor’s degree, upon graduation with your master’s in food and nutrition, you could earn a verification statement towards qualification for a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) internship. You must also meet the didactic requirements based on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Standards.

Program courses may also be used to meet some but not all of the RDN didactic requirements. If you do not have a food and nutrition or dietetic undergraduate degree, completing the master’s in food and nutrition degree alone will not provide you with a verification statement needed for a dietetic internship.

A verification statement is a final step before applying for and completing an accredited dietetics internship and passing the national and state registration examinations. You would then become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

​​If you wish to pursue becoming a Registered Dietitian but do not have an F&N/dietetic undergraduate degree, please contact the Undergraduate Dietetics Director. They will review your transcripts and help you plan your course of study to meet the didactic requirements based on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Standards to earn a verification statement.

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program (USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned volunteers who wish to earn, in this case, a degree in the master's in food and nutrition program. The master’s in food and nutrition program officially became a Peace Corps Fellows program in December 2012.  

Aligning itself as a Peace Corps Fellows program illustrates the Peace Corps’ recognition of the food and nutrition master’s degree as one that academically builds upon returned volunteers’ practical international experience and provides the opportunity for returned volunteers to fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps, which is to promote American understanding of the world and its people.


The BGSU Master’s in Food and Nutrition degree includes core coursework in macronutrients, micronutrients, research methods, community and public health nutrition, and clinical nutrition. You will also choose from a variety of electives to meet their personal and professional interests:  

  • Public Health
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Education
  • Scientific Writing
  • Weight Management
  • Phytochemicals
  • Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition

You will be prepared to use evidence-based research and critically evaluate emerging food and nutrition resources.

To wrap up your degree, you will work with your graduate coordinator or major advisor to choose a culminating experience that meets your goals and interests. Students can choose from a thesis and non-thesis option.

Students in the Master’s of Food and Nutrition may wish to combine their graduate studies with a dietetic internship.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Community and Public Health Nutrition
  • Micronutrients Through the Life Span
  • Research Methods in Food and Nutrition
  • Macronutrients for Human Nutrition
  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition

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BGSU College of Heath and Human Services 

The master's in food and nutrition program is a part of the Department of Public & Allied Health in the College of Health & Human Services

Updated: 09/21/2023 10:18AM