Food and Nutrition Graduate Program


The Food and Nutrition Program at Bowling Green State University is committed to recruiting, retaining, and graduating students from diverse backgrounds. We provide undergraduate and graduate students with an innovative, science-based educational foundation within a learning community that encourages and respects the viewpoint and lived experience of each person. Students are engaged in addressing the food and nutrition needs of diverse communities, families, and individuals across the lifespan (​including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, religion, and sexual orientation). The Program successfully transitions graduates into a variety of professional settings, such as accredited supervised practice programs, graduate/professional programs, and the workforce, congruent with their professional goals.

Bowling Green State University offers a variety of graduate programs for those interested in pursuing their education in Food and Nutrition. 

The graduate program is for students who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a food, nutrition, or a related field (e.g. public health; kinesiology; biological sciences; allied health professionals) and have coursework in biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and human nutrition.

  1. Are you ready to advance your knowledge and skills? Consider our Master's of Food and Nutrition (MFN) degree, offered on-campus or via eCampus. The eCampus program can be completed 100% online. This flexible degree allows you to tailor the program to your personal or professional goals. Core courses include macro and micronutrients, community nutrition, research methods, and clinical nutrition. Students can personalize their degree by choosing from a variety of electives in Food and Nutrition or complimentary disciplines. 
  2. Not ready for a Master’s degree? Consider our Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition. This 15-credit hour certificate is flexible and can be completed 100% online and courses can be applied towards the MFN degree.
  3. Did not match to a dietetic internship? Have you considered graduate school? Remain competitive in your field by enrolling in BGSU's 100% online MFN program and complete coursework around your schedule. 
  4. Are you already credentialed and/or working in the field? The graduate program is also a good fit for working, credentialed professionals, including Nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered (NDTRs) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are looking to "uplevel" their career in food and nutrition. The flexible format allows students to pursue their education while maintaing employment in the field. 

Eligible graduate students can be concurrently enrolled in one of our accredited dietetic internship programs. For more information about the dietetic internship please click here. 

From Recent Falcon Alumni!  
  • "My interest in continuing my education led me to Bowling Green's Master's of Food & Nutrition Online program. This program was a wonderful opportunity and gave me the flexibility to work full-time and pursue my education. The professors are great with communication, which is important because it is an online-based degree. This program expanded my love for dietetics even more and now that I have graduated in May 2021, I am applying for dietetic internships to become a dietitian." -- Tyler A, eCampus MFN Alum, Spring 2021
  • “I have greatly enjoyed my time at BGSU, and all the courses I was able to participate in. It has really enriched my practice as a dietitian, how I approach certain situations, and given me something to put time into that is just for me!" -- Caitlin P, eCampus MFN Alum, Spring 2022

For More Information

Contact: Dr. Kerri Lynn Knippen, Food and Nutrition Graduate Coordinator at

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

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.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

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 Master's of Food and Nutrition program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

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 Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition is a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 11/30/2023 05:13PM