Master Food Nutrition Degree

The M.F.N. degree requires a minimum of 31 semester hours including 15 credit hours of FN core coursework, 12 credit hours of electives, and 4 credit hours of culminating experience. Students can choose from a thesis (Plan I) or non-thesis (Plan II) culminating experience. Students under Plan I must complete a formal thesis and pass an oral examination on the thesis. Students under Plan II can choose from three non-thesis options based on their professional pathway, including (1) an applied master’s project while enrolled in FN 6900 for a total of 4 credits, or (2) comprehensive exam which requires 3 credits of FN graduate coursework and 1 credit of FN 6980, or (3) those concurrently completing the BGSU dietetic internship can complete a portfolio experience to prepare for entry into the field as a registered dietitian nutritionist which requires completion of 4 credits of FN 6960.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MFN 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.
  • Propose a community nutrition education program while integrating evidence-based theories of nutrition education and principles of program evaluation.
  • Integrate evidence-based practice of nutrition and health to advocate for nutrition policy.  
  • Evaluate research design, methods, and select appropriate statistical analysis.
  • Develop effective oral and written communications pertinent to food and nutrition.

Requirements for the MFN may be completed on the BGSU campus or through distance education with online courses. If interested in the online program, applicants will choose the eCampus program when applying. 

Effective Fall 2022, The Master’s of Food and Nutrition degree program requires the completion of 31 total graduate credit hours. This includes:

  • 15 credit hours of Food and Nutrition Core graduate courses 
  • 12 credit hours of electives tailored to the student’s professional goals (no more than 6 cr. hours outside Food and Nutrition)
  • 4 credit hours for the culminating experience, with thesis and non-thesis options [master's applied project, comprehensive exam, or professional portfolio experience] 
    • Professional Portfolio experience limited to students concurrently completing BGSU's dietetic internship program

Master’s degree students may wish to combine their graduate studies with a dietetic internship.  A maximum of three credit hours from the BGSU dietetic internship (FN 6200, FN 6210, FN 6220) can be applied towards the MFN degree. 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 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 on the campus of BGSU.  MFN graduate courses may be used to meet some but not all of the didactic requirements.  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.


Graduate Coordinator:
Kerri Knippen
122  Health & Human Services


Faculty and professional advisors are committed to helping all students succeed. Students in the graduate program receive advising from food and nutrition faculty.


The MFN degree can be completed on part time or full time basis with multiple start dates throughout the year. The program can be completed on campus or 100% online via our eCampus program. Full time students can complete the 31 credit hour program in 1.5 academic years. 


The Graduate program is housed in the Health and Human Services Building.

Opportunities are available for students to interact and conduct research with professionals in the field and related disciplines and professionals working in community/public/clinical nutrition and the food industry. Students have also interacted with community agencies through partnership grants awarded to faculty.

Updated: 08/28/2022 07:33PM