Master of Food & Nutrition

The graduate studies in Food and Nutrition requires completion of a culminating experience and graduate coursework in nutrition, research and a minor (cognate). The nutrition core includes study in nutrition science, community nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. The research core includes study in statistics, research methods, and thesis/project. The minor, or cognate, is a focused area of coursework that supports your career goals. Our students select cognates in many different areas, including biology, counseling, human development and public health.

Graduate studies in Food and Nutrition at Bowling Green State University is distinguished by:

  • Flexibility that enables you to pursue an option that supports your professional goals
  • The opportunity to work closely with talented faculty members who are noted for both professional and scholarly expertise
  • Coursework and field experience that foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • A focus on lifelong learning and ongoing professional development

Food and Nutrition Core (15 hours)

On demand. Fundamental nutrition needs for the family and community at all social levels. A survey of various community-related nutrition problems and their role in human nutrition. Prerequisite: basic nutrition or consent of instructor.

On demand. Emphasis on human needs and food sources of vitamins and minerals during health and disease conditions. Identification and discussion of the chemical and physical properties of these micronutrients in foods and human systems. Prerequisite: advanced nutrition or consent of instructor.

On demand. Emphasis on metabolism of the structural and energy furnishing nutrients as applied to the nutritional requirements and food supplies of people; current literature and research in proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Prerequisite: advanced nutrition or consent of instructor.

On demand. Metabolic and physiologic basis for nutrition intervention in health and disease. Pathophysiology of major disease states and impact on normal nutrition and metabolism. Current research, critical evaluation of resources, current practice, and evidence-based recommendations for medical nutrition therapy. Prerequisites: FN 4380 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Approved for distance education.

Plus an additional 3 hours from another FN graduate course

Synthesis (10 – 12 hours)

Fall. This course provides an overview of the research process from problem formulation through presentation of findings. Research methodology emphasizing specific FCS content areas. Graded A/F.

Statistics as a tool in education and research, descriptive statistics, transformation of scores, sampling and probability, linear correlation and regression, introduction to statistical inference, basic tests of significance, and effect size.


Fall, Spring. Completion of a project in Food and Nutrition. May be repeated. Enrollment in excess of six hours is acceptable, but no more than six hours may be credited toward degree. Prerequisite: FCS 6260 or other research methods course or consent of instructor. Graded S/U.

Credit for thesis study. May be repeated. Enrollment in excess of six hours acceptable, but no more than six hours may be credited toward degree. Graded IP.

Additional Requirements (12 hours)

  • Seminar - 1 course by advisement
  • Cognate - 9 credit hours of concentration study by advisement
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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and your GRE scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE and TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

Three letters of recommendation and Masters of Food and Nutrition application (.doc) must be forwarded to:

Graduate Studies Coordinator
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Bowling Green State University
206 Johnston Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403