Community Nutrition Graduate

Nutrition (M.S.)

Help others achieve health and wellness

With an emphasis on community and poverty, ACU’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition provides comprehensive coursework for those who seek further knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Your academic training will be rooted in Christian values, and you will be prepared to serve the majority of the population, but especially those that have disabilities or are in poverty.

All courses, except the dietetic internship, are completed online allowing you to earn your master's degree from wherever you live. If you are currently enrolled in a dietetic internship through an institution other than ACU or have previously completed a dietetic internship, 6 hours of credit will be awarded.

Upon graduation, the program will qualify you to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians along with completion of an accredited dietetic internship.

Program Overview

Credit hours 36
Degree Master of Science in Nutrition
Program length 2 years
Tracks N/A
Application deadline for:



Spring I term - December 1

Summer I term - April 1

Fall I term - August 1

Coursework

You will take courses such as:

  • NUTR 620 Dietetic Internship (total of 6 hours)
  • NUTR 621 Nutrition Research
  • NUTR 622 Weight Management I
  • NUTR 623 Nutrition and Poverty
  • NUTR 626 Nutrition Assessment
  • NUTR 628 Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • NUTR 629 Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
  • NUTR 633 Nutritional Genomics
  • NUTR 634 Practice Skills and Current Issues

Six hours must be chosen from:

  • NUTR 624 Weight Management II
  • NUTR 625 School Nutrition
  • NUTR 627 Nutrition for Diabetes Mellitus
  • NUTR 632 Nutrition for Eating Disorders
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What outcomes can you expect?

  • Registered Dietitian, with successful completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship and passing of the Examination for Registered Dietitians.

Admission Requirements

Step 1:  Apply and be matched to dietetic internship through Dietetic Intership Centralized Application Services (DICAS)

DICAS is an online application service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

The admission requirements for a dietetic internship are:

  • A completed online dietetic internship application with a nonrefundable application fee. Access the following link to apply through DICAS: https://portal.dicas.org;
  • Three or four letters of recommendation. (The standard requirement for most sites is 3 letters of recommendation. A maximum of four letters of recommendation can be attached per site. Upon submission, it is the applicant's responsibility to indicate which letters they wish to have sent to the individual sites.);
  • Official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • A personal statement (Address the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and your philosophy of working with the impoverished.);
  • A personal resume;
  • Completed registration with D&D Digital for the computer match and ranking of each of the dietetic internships to which you are applying by the computer match deadline date. D&D Digital is the company that matches applicants with Dietetic Internships. Use the following link to access the D&D Digital website: http://www.dnddigital.com.

All documents and information uploaded to DICAS by students who apply to the ACU Dietetic Internship will be made available to the ACU selection committee. Once a student has been matched with the ACU Dietetic Internship, he or she should complete additional requirements listed below for the M.S. in Nutrition.

Step 2:  Apply to the ACU Office of Graduate Programs

The admission requirements for the M.S. in Nutrition also include:

  • A completed online ACU graduate programs application for admission with a nonrefundable $50 application fee;
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management; and
  • Completed requirements in an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Applicants who have already completed a dietetic internship at ACU or are currently completing a dietetic internship at ACU should request admission to the M.S. in Nutrition by completing an online ACU graduate programs application for admission with a nonrefundable $50 application fee. Additionally, these applicants must meet all admission requirements as stated above in Step 2.

Applicants who have already completed a dietetic internship at another institution or are currently completing a dietetic internship at another institution should complete all requirements in Step 2 in addition to the following:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation;
  • Submit official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university; and
  • Submit a personal statement. The personal statement should address the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and your philosophy of working with the impoverished.
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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.