Food and Nutrition Online
The Masters of Food and Nutrition degree program at Bowling Green State University is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in a food, nutrition, or a related field and have previous coursework in biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition. Students will have an interest in the advanced study of food and nutrition.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment rates for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to increase by 16% during the decade spanning 2014 and 2024.
Masters of Food and Nutrition Online (100% Online)
- 12 online courses
- 39-40 credit hours
- Tuition estimate-$18-$20K
- Tuition calculator (select eCampus)
- Multiple start dates throughout the year
- Seven-week courses
- 100% online
If you wish to pursue becoming a Registered Dietitian but do not have a F&N/dietetic undergraduate degree, please contact Carrie Hamady, Undergraduate Dietetics Director at email@example.com. She 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 in order to earn a verification statement. This may require one or more years of undergraduate coursework on the campus of BGSU. MFN graduate courses may be used to meet some but not all of the didactic requirements. If you do not have a F&N/dietetic undergraduate degree, completion of the MFN degree alone will not provide you with a verification statement toward a dietetic internship. To apply for admission, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and coursework in biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition. Students are selected based on academic performance, relevant work experience, letters of recommendation, and civic and/or college activities.
The Master’s of Food and Nutrition degree program requires the completion of 39-40 total graduate credit hours. This includes:
- 15 credit hours of Food and Nutrition core graduate courses (e.g. micronutrients, macronutrients, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, weight management, and/or phytochemicals)
- 9 credit hours of cognate (minor) tailored to the student’s professional goals (e.g. graduate courses in public health, microbiology, psychology, exercise physiology, education, scientific writing)
- 9 credit hours of research methods, statistics, and seminar
- 6 credit hours of thesis or Master’s project or comprehensive exam
Most distance students choose the comprehensive exam option, in which all of the degree requirements can be completed online. If the thesis or Master’s project is chosen, the student is required to give an on-campus presentation upon completion of the thesis or Master’s project. Except for this 1-day visit to the BGSU campus if the thesis or Master’s project is chosen, all coursework towards the distance Master’s degree is completed on-line. Only on-campus MFN applicants may be considered for a graduate assistantship.
The MFN degree can be completed in two years; however, students may complete the degree part-time. The MFN degree must be completed in six years.
To apply for admission, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and coursework in biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and nutrition. Students are selected based on academic performance, relevant work experience, letters of recommendation, and civic and/or college activities.
FOOD AND NUTRITION CORE (15 HOURS)
FN 6070 – Family and Community Nutrition
FN 6090 – Micronutrients Through the Life Span
FN 6100 – Macronutrients for Human Nutrition
FN 6110 – Advanced Clinical Nutrition
Plus an additional 3 hours from another FN graduate course
SYNTHESIS (12-13 HOURS)
FN 6260 – Research Methods in Food and Nutrition
EDFI 6410 – Statistics in Education
FN 6910 – Master’s Project
FN 6980—Readings for Comprehensive Exam
FN 6990 – Thesis Research in Food and Nutrition
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (12 HOURS)
FN 6800—Seminar in Food and Nutrition
Cognate - 3 courses of concentration study by advisement
Submit Your Graduate College Application Online
Note: All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. There is a non-refundable application fee.
You will be able asked for the following during the online application process:
- Three letters of recommendation
- A resume and personal statement describing your background and professional goals
Submit Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores
- Submission of scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted. (minimum 3.0 GPA)
- Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score.
- GRE Score - (desirable applicants have GRE scores: Verbal—150, Quantitative—147, writing 3.5 and GPA 3.53) May be waived. See note below.
Official transcripts and test scores are to be sent to:
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
NOTE: GRE requirement may be waived if applicants meet any of the following criteria:
- Already have earned a masters or doctoral degree
- Successful completion of the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) exam
- Successful completion of the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam
- Successful completion of the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) exam
Application Deadlines and Internship Information
All application materials for distance students to the MFN degree program must be submitted by:
- July 15th - Fall admission deadline
- December 1st - Spring admission deadline
- April 15th - Summer admission deadline
Master’s degree students may wish to combine their graduate studies with a dietetic internship. BGSU’s dietetic internship program is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). In addition to completing the Master’s degree admission requirements, applicants must participate through the D&D dietetic internship-matching program. For more information about the dietetics internships at BGSU, see www.bgsu.edu/college-of-health-and-human-services/programs/department-of-public-and-allied-health/ma-food-and-nutrition.html
If you wish to pursue becoming a Registered Dietitian but do not have a F&N/dietetic undergraduate degree, please contact Carrie Hamady, Undergraduate Dietetics Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will review your transcripts and help you plan your course of study to meet the didactic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This may require one or more years of undergraduate coursework.