The Masters in Food and Nutrition is an eCampus program in the College of Health and Human Services

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Master of Science in

Food and Nutrition

The BGSU Masters of Food and Nutrition degree program at Bowling Green State University is for students with a baccalaureate degree in a food, nutrition, or a related field and have previous coursework in biochemistry, anatomy and physiology and nutrition.

Students should be interested in the advanced study of food and nutrition. Some of the subjects available include nutrition through the lifecycle, sports nutrition, weight management, food science, macro and micronutrients. The highly flexible nature of the nutrition masters allows you to tailor the outcomes to your personal or professional goals.

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.

eCampus programs have access to the same world-class academics as our on-campus programs. BGSU has shown its commitment to quality online programs by being selected by the Ohio Board of Regents as a “Host Center of Excellence for E-learning.” 

With straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, achieving the MFN will demonstrate skill and expertise in human nutrition to employers and clients.

Curriculum

The BGSU master’s of food and nutrition degree program requires completing 39-40 total graduate credit hours. All students start with the core food and nutrition courses which cover micro and macro nutrients, phytochemicals and how these play into clinical nutrition, community nutrition and weight management programs.  

The cognate, or minor, courses can be tailored to your personal or professional interests. Choose from a wide variety of courses covering public health, clinical nutrition, psychology, exercise physiology, education and scientific writing. 

Required courses on research methods, statistics and seminars on current topics ensure all students can use evidence-based research and critically evaluate all dietetic resources. 

Finally, a thesis, master’s project or comprehensive exam is taken. Decided in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator and/or Major Advisor choices vary by student interest and career plans.

Unmatched Student Support

BGSU is the only university in Ohio and only one of ten in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. The eCampus team proudly offers a one-stop-shop experience for all of your questions. Our main goal is simple: your success from registration to graduation 

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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.

Complete an application form online for the master’s of food and nutrition online program Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45.

There are three deadlines a year and it is possible to pursue a dietetic internship with the BGSU on-campus master’s in F&N program.

Stand Out in courses like

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

You will be asked for the following during the online application process:

  • - Three letters of recommendation
  • - A current professional resume
  • - Personal statement describing your background and professional goal.

Submit official college transcripts and test scores - TOEFL IBT, PTEA, or IELTS and GRE Score see the required minimums and exceptions below.

Students are selected based on academic performance, relevant work experience, letters of recommendation and civic and/or college activities.

Career

Nutritionists help people establish diet patterns that work for their health needs. There has rarely been more need for the work dieticians do.   

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment rates for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to increase by 11% during the decade spanning 2020 and 2030.

Developments in health care delivery could be driving this growth, along with the nation's obesity epidemic, increases in avoidable diseases and conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and consumers' ever-increasing interest in taking charge of their own health.

The BLS finds that the 2020 median pay for Dietitians and Nutritionists is $63,090 per year, or $30.33 per hour.

Go Far in your career

  • Clinical Dietitian - Pediatrics
  • Clinical Nutrition Manager
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Renal Dietician
  • Women, Infants, and Children Nutritionist
  • School District Nutritionist
  • Company Dietitian/Wellness Manager

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Program Information

The BGSU online master’s in food and nutrition offers multiple start dates throughout the year and 100% online courses of seven-week duration. 

The MFN degree can be completed in two years; however, students may complete the degree part-time. The MFN degree must be completed in no less than six years.

If you do not have a F&N/dietetic undergraduate degree, completing the MFN degree alone will not provide you with a verification statement toward a dietetic internship. Contact us for alternative pathways to becoming a CDN. 

Many of our students work full time while pursuing their masters in food and nutrition. They are a diverse and passionate group who willingly share their varied experience and are an enriching feature of the program.

Steps to Apply

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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.

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45.

If for some reason, all of your transcripts do not arrive, or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.

​​You will be able asked for the following during the online application process:

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Personal statement describing your background and professional goals

  • A current professional resume

Apply for the Master’s in Food and Nutrition - online program

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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:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

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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

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

​​If you wish to pursue becoming a Registered Dietitian but do not have a 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 in order to earn a verification statement. This may require one or more years of undergraduate coursework.

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. 

Students are selected based on academic performance, relevant work experience, letters of recommendation and civic and/or college activities.

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate degree from the College of Health and Human Services

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Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Eligible students may choose to complete the master's program in conjunction with a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship program. The dietetic internship program is granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state.  The online master's of food and nutrition program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Master’s in Food and Nutrition is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 05/12/2022 11:37AM