Masters of Food & Nutrition

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Dawn Anderson
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Phone:  419-372-8090

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.

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

Requirements for the MFN may be completed on the BGSU campus or through distance education with online courses. For the culminating experience, students may choose the thesis, Master's projects or comprehensive exam option. Most distance students choose the comprehensive exam option in which all of the degree requirements can be completed online. If the thesis option or Master's project is chosen, 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 online.

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.

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
  • Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT or 7.0 IELTS score.
Application Deadlines

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applicants to the on-campus MFN program must submit all application materials by May. 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.

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, 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.

Dr. Anderson
Graduate Studies Coordinator
126 Health and Human Services
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Phone:  419-372-8090