Master's Food and Nutrition

Want more information about our graduate programs and/or the Dietetic Internship?

Dr. Kerri Lynn Knippen, Food and Nutrition Graduate Coordinator

Phone:  419-372-8316


Attend our January 2022 Virtual Info. Session 

When: Jan 21, 2022 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Admission Criteria

The Master’s 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 (e.g. public health; human movement, sport, and leisure studies; biological sciences; allied health professionals) and have an interest in the advanced study of food and nutrition. 

To apply for admission, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree (minimum GPA 3.0) from an accredited college or university and coursework in biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and human nutrition. 

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
  • 6-7 credit hours of a culminating experience, with options to complete a thesis or Master’s project or comprehensive exam

Requirements for the MFN may be completed on the BGSU campus or through distance education with online courses.  Most distance students will choose the comprehensive exam option, and many of our on-campus students choose the Master’s project as their culminating experience. 

  • The Master’s project is an applied project tailored to the needs and professional goals of the student.  Upon completion of the Master’s project, the student is required to give an on-campus presentation.  Except for this 1-day visit to the BGSU campus, all coursework towards the distance Master’s degree is completed on-line.
  • Students who choose the comprehensive exam will take 2-additional courses in Food & Nutrition (3-credit hours each), and they will enroll in the comprehensive exam (1-credit hour). The exam is completed online and is only offered in the Fall or Spring semester.

Application Procedures

Application Deadlines

For spring admission to the MFN degree program (on-campus without a graduate assistantship or eCampus), the deadline is December 15, and for summer admission, the deadline is May 1.

Students seeking a graduate assistantship and/or admission to the on-campus combined master's program and dietetic internship must submit their materials to the graduate college no later than February 15th for a fall admission. 

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

If you wish to pursue becoming a Registered Dietitian, but do not have a F&N/dietetic undergraduate degree, please contact Carrie Hamady, EdD, MS, RD, LD, FAND, Undergraduate Dietetics Director at 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. 

All other inquiries should be directed to Dr. Kerri Lynn Knippen, Graduate Studies Coordinator at

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Food and Nutrition are expected to be able to:

  • Integrate requirements, bioavailability, and metabolism of macronutrients and micronutrients and their relationships in health and disease. 
  • Assess the pathophysiology and role of nutrition and food constituents in the prevention and treatment of major disease states. 
  • Use theories of nutrition education and behavior change to design, implement, and evaluate a community nutrition program.   
  • Influence state and national nutrition policy by promoting evidence-based practice of nutrition in health and disease prevention/treatment.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research design, methods, and statistical analysis. 
  • Develop effective oral and written communications pertinent to food, nutrition, and clinical dietetics.

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: 06/17/2022 11:25AM