Certificate of Food & Nutrition

Students may pursue a concentrated study of food and nutrition through graduate course work, which upon completion would yield a graduate certificate in this area of study.   The Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate (FNGC) curriculum includes studies in nutrient metabolism, food science, and nutritional principles related to health and disease.  For a variety of student career goals, the FNGC program provides knowledge of food and nutrition that is applicable to many health care, business, professional, and personal situations involving nutrition.  The FNGC may be desired by students currently pursuing other graduate degree programs (e.g. public health; human movement sport, and leisure studies; biological sciences), allied health professions, or the Dietetic Internship who have an interest in advanced study of food and nutrition but do not wish to complete a graduate degree. 

Students completing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program will be required to take 15 credit hours of food and nutrition graduate-level courses.  A maximum of 6 credit hours of 5000 level courses may be applied to the certificate.

The FNGC will be noted on the student's graduate transcript as "Certificate in Food and Nutrition."  The FNGC does not carry with it any licensure or privileges, and is not currently approved by any professional organization. 

All students pursuing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate would have the option to continue their studies to complete a Master's degree.  All courses completed with a B average, in pursuit of the Graduate Certificate, would count toward the Masters in Food and Nutrition.

Admission Requirements

Students must have appropriate academic backgrounds (e.g., nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry) or professional experiences to meet the graduate course prerequisites.

Application Procedures

Submission of:

  • Scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from each degree granting institution. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.  (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores (desirable applicants have GRE scores: Verbal—150, Quantitative—147, writing 3.5 and GPA 3.53)

GRE requirement may be waived if applicants meet any of the following criteria:

            1.  Already have earned a masters or doctoral degree
            2.  Successful completion of the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) exam
            3.  Successful completion of the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam
            4.  Successful completion of the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) exam

  • Contact information for three references
  • Resume and personal statement describing your background and professional goals

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester — July 15
Spring Semester — December 15
Summer Term — May 1