Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions

How can I get start­ed?

Appli­ca­tions are accept­ed on a rolling basis three times per year. Con­tact an Enroll­ment Coun­selor at (855) 751‑4447 or nutrition@une.edu for pro­gram and enroll­ment infor­ma­tion.

What kind of edu­ca­tion­al require­ments are there for admis­sion?

Appli­cants are required to have an under­grad­u­ate degree from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty with a min­i­mum cumu­la­tive GPA of 3.0.

Can I apply if my GPA is low­er than 3.0?

Appli­ca­tions for the Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram are reviewed holis­ti­cal­ly. Appli­cants who do not meet the min­i­mum GPA require­ments can still apply, how­ev­er may be admit­ted on a pro­vi­sion­al basis.

Is the GRE required to apply?

The GRE is not required as part of the admis­sions process. If you have tak­en the GRE, you are wel­come to pro­vide your score as part of your appli­ca­tion pack­age, but the GRE it is not a require­ment.

Registration

How many terms do you offer per year?

The online Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion offers three terms per year: spring, sum­mer and fall. Each term con­sists of two 8-week ses­sions. Stu­dents take one course per 8-week ses­sion.

What is con­sid­ered full-time stu­dent sta­tus?

Stu­dents tak­ing one course per 8-week ses­sion are con­sid­ered full time stu­dents, and eli­gi­ble to receive finan­cial aid.

Transfer Credits

Can I trans­fer pre­vi­ous course cred­its?

To request con­sid­er­a­tion for trans­fer cred­it, the stu­dent must pro­vide an offi­cial tran­script, a course syl­labus, and com­plete the trans­fer cred­it form. For a copy of the trans­fer cred­it form, con­tact your enroll­ment coun­selor. Trans­fer cred­it is award­ed at the dis­cre­tion of the Applied Nutri­tion Pro­gram Man­ag­er.

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

Are any cam­pus vis­its required?

No. The Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion is com­plete­ly online and asyn­chro­nous with no cam­pus vis­its required. 

What are the Master’s of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion degree require­ments?

Stu­dents must suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete 36 cred­it hours in order to earn the Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion degree.

How many cours­es will I take per term?

To be con­sid­ered full time, stu­dents must take at least one online course per eight-week ses­sion. There are two 8-week ses­sions per term, and three terms per year (Sum­mer, Fall and Spring). The online MS in Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram offers three terms per year, allow­ing stu­dents to com­plete from 6–12 cours­es per year.

How long does it take to com­plete the Master’s of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram?

The flex­i­bil­i­ty of our pro­gram allows you to com­plete your degree in as lit­tle as two years. If you are inter­est­ed in tai­lor­ing your aca­d­e­m­ic plan, please con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor at (855) 751‑4447.

How would you describe typ­i­cal class assign­ments?

In our expe­ri­ence, for best results we rec­om­mend that stu­dents log in to their course 3–5 times per week. Assign­ments will vary for each course, rang­ing from online dis­cus­sion boards to writ­ten papers and read­ing assign­ments, exams or group work.

How many hours should a stu­dent reserve for each class week­ly?

For the best out­comes, our Stu­dent Sup­port Spe­cial­ists rec­om­mend that you reserve 15–20 hours a week for course­work and study­ing.

Can I com­plete the Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion while work­ing full time?

Yes, this pro­gram is specif­i­cal­ly designed with the work­ing pro­fes­sion­al in mind. 

Does UNE work with the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Board for Nutri­tion Spe­cial­ists?

The Board for Cer­ti­fied Nutri­tion Spe­cial­ists does not accred­it insti­tu­tions. “The BCNS fos­ters human health by set­ting and over­see­ing the high­est sci­ence-based stan­dards for nutri­tion pro­fes­sion­als.”

The BCNS:

  • Has achieved NCCA accred­i­ta­tion for its Cer­ti­fied Nutri­tion Spe­cial­ist cer­ti­fy­ing pro­gram
  • Sets com­pe­ten­cy stan­dards for advanced clin­i­cal nutri­tion pro­fes­sion­als
  • Cre­ates and admin­is­ters the rig­or­ous, sci­ence-based Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Exam­i­na­tion for Nutri­tion Spe­cial­ists™
  • Sets and main­tains sub­stan­tial edu­ca­tion, expe­ri­ence, and con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion require­ments for its cer­ti­f­i­cants
  • Advo­cates for the advance­ment of nutri­tion prac­tice in health­care via its Cen­ter for Nutri­tion Advo­ca­cy”( www.NutritionSpecialists.org.)

Accreditation

Is UNE accred­it­ed?

Yes, Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land is accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges. To learn more, please see www.une.edu/neasc/.

Credentialing

I heard that by the year 2024, all RD’s will need to have a Mas­ters degree. Does the Mas­ters pro­gram have to be accred­it­ed by ACEND to count towards that?

In April, 2013, the Com­mis­sion on Dietet­ic Reg­is­tra­tion (CDR) moved to “change the entry-lev­el reg­is­tra­tion eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments for dieti­tians, begin­ning in 2024, from a bac­calau­re­ate degree to a min­i­mum of a grad­u­ate degree” (https://www.cdrnet.org/).

How­ev­er, that require­ment applies to entry-lev­el reg­is­trants only. If you are cur­rent­ly an RD or have already estab­lished eli­gi­bil­i­ty by attain­ing your bac­calau­re­ate degree by Jan­u­ary 1, 2024, a Master’s degree is not required. The Accred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil for Edu­ca­tion in Nutri­tion and Dietet­ics (ACEND) is the “Acad­e­my of Nutri­tion and Dietet­ics’ accred­it­ing agency for edu­ca­tion pro­grams prepar­ing stu­dents for careers as reg­is­tered dietit­ian nutri­tion­ists (RDN) or dietet­ic tech­ni­cians, reg­is­tered (DTR)” (http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/).

Cur­rent­ly, the grad­u­ate degree for those com­plet­ing their entry-lev­el reg­is­tra­tion eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments after Jan­u­ary 1st, 2024 can be in any major as long as the grad­u­ate degree meets the oth­er require­ments for reg­is­tra­tion eli­gi­bil­i­ty (includ­ing required course­work and super­vised prac­tice).

I live in Cal­i­for­nia where all you need to do to become an RD is have a Bach­e­lors in Nutri­tion. If I don’t have that cre­den­tial, can I earn my mas­ters degree through you guys to essen­tial­ly become an RD?

To receive an RD cre­den­tial, the fol­low­ing Edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al require­ments must be met regard­less of what state you reside in:

  • A min­i­mum of a Bachelor’s degree from US region­al­ly accred­it­ed insti­tu­tion or for­eign equiv­a­lent, includ­ing course­work through an Accred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil for Edu­ca­tion in Nutri­tion and Dietet­ics (ACEND) accred­it­ed Didac­tic Pro­gram in Dietet­ics (DPD) or a Coor­di­nat­ed Pro­gram in Dietet­ics (CP)
  • Com­ple­tion of 1200 hours of super­vised prac­tice through an ACEND accred­it­ed Dietet­ic Intern­ship
  • Passed a nation­al exam­i­na­tion admin­is­tered by the Com­mis­sion on Dietet­ic Reg­is­tra­tion (CDR)

Although reg­u­la­to­ry laws vary from state to state, all states accept the RD for licens­ing pur­pos­es. Com­ple­tion of the MS in Applied Nutri­tion will not pro­vide a path­way to reg­is­tered dietit­ian (RD) cre­den­tial­ing and a ver­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment can­not be pro­vid­ed upon com­ple­tion of the pro­gram.

I would like to become a CNS (Cer­ti­fied Nutri­tion Spe­cial­ist). Can I earn a Mas­ters in Applied Nutri­tion through UNE to help meet those require­ments?

The Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s MS in Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram ful­fills part of the cur­rent aca­d­e­m­ic require­ments for the CNS. BCNS requires a grad­u­ate degree in the field of nutri­tion from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed uni­ver­si­ty, spe­cif­ic course­work, and 1,000 hours of super­vised expe­ri­ence.

BCNS reviews each can­di­date indi­vid­u­al­ly, includ­ing cur­rent course descrip­tions, tran­scripts, and expe­ri­ence to deter­mine eli­gi­bil­i­ty. To learn more about becom­ing a CNS, vis­it www.NutritionSpecialists.org.

Would the MS in Applied Nutri­tion pre­pare me for any exams or cer­ti­fi­ca­tions to become an RD or CNS?

The Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s MS in Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram ful­fills part of the cur­rent aca­d­e­m­ic require­ments for the CNS. BCNS requires a grad­u­ate degree in the field of nutri­tion from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed uni­ver­si­ty, spe­cif­ic course­work, and 1,000 hours of super­vised expe­ri­ence.

BCNS reviews each can­di­date indi­vid­u­al­ly, includ­ing cur­rent course descrip­tions, tran­scripts, and expe­ri­ence to deter­mine eli­gi­bil­i­ty. To learn more about becom­ing a CNS, vis­it www.NutritionSpecialists.org.

Are there any online master’s pro­grams that do lead to RD cre­den­tial­ing?

There are a hand­ful of online pro­grams that offer ACEND accred­it­ed pro­gram­ming at the bac­calau­re­ate and Master’s lev­el; suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the required course­work and meet­ing the CDR reg­is­tra­tion eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments for dieti­tians is required. These pro­grams and fur­ther infor­ma­tion about meet­ing cre­den­tial­ing require­ments can be found at: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/

Student Support

What kind of sup­port will I receive as a stu­dent?

Our mot­to is “A suc­cess­ful stu­dent is a sup­port­ed stu­dent.” Upon enter­ing the pro­gram you will be assigned a ded­i­cat­ed Stu­dent Sup­port Spe­cial­ist to pro­vide you with sup­port and to answer any ques­tions you may have.

Your Sup­port Spe­cial­ist is your on-the-ground advo­cate at the Uni­ver­si­ty – from ques­tions on text­books, to reg­is­tra­tion, to finan­cial aid and more, they are there to help you make your aca­d­e­m­ic jour­ney suc­cess­ful. And of course, this ded­i­cat­ed sup­port is pro­vid­ed in addi­tion to the tremen­dous sup­port you will receive from pro­gram staff, your aca­d­e­m­ic advi­sor, course instruc­tors and fel­low class­mates.

Technical

Which online learn­ing plat­form is used?

This pro­gram uses the Black­board Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

Cost

What is the tuition?

Tuition for the Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion can be found here on the Tuition & Costs page.

Can I receive finan­cial aid?

More than 90% of our stu­dents receive some form of finan­cial aid. Please vis­it our finan­cial aid page for more infor­ma­tion.

Careers

I’m real­ly search­ing for a career. I know that I love Nutri­tion and want to help peo­ple and teach peo­ple what a good diet con­sists of and how that can change your life. What types of careers can this Mas­ters lead to?

There are a lot of career pos­si­bil­i­ties and oppor­tu­ni­ties after com­ple­tion of the MS in Applied Nutri­tion depen­dent on your pre­vi­ous edu­ca­tion and cre­den­tials, the state you live in, and what your inter­ests are. Some exam­ples may include:

  • Indus­try con­sul­tant (prod­uct devel­op­ment, test­ing, brand­ing, mar­ket­ing)
  • Well­ness and/or Nutri­tion Coach
  • Nutri­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Spe­cial­ist
  • Health Pro­mo­tion Spe­cial­ist
  • Social Media writer
  • Brand Ambas­sador
  • Mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist
  • Nutri­tion Edu­ca­tion spe­cial­ist
  • Nutri­tion and Well­ness writer
  • Cor­po­rate or Non-Prof­it Nutri­tion and Well­ness pro­gram man­ag­er
  • Cur­ricu­lum Con­sul­tant
  • Restaurant/catering/institutional food con­sul­tant
  • Weight Man­age­ment spe­cial­ist

Career pos­si­bil­i­ties with pre­vi­ous edu­ca­tion and cre­den­tials in fields such as edu­ca­tion, nutri­tion, nurs­ing, exer­cise sci­ence, chi­ro­prac­tic, social work and a vari­ety of oth­er fields fur­ther diver­si­fy the career pos­si­bil­i­ties asso­ci­at­ed with com­ple­tion of the MS in Applied Nutri­tion and could include:

  • Health and Nutri­tion teacher (K-12)
  • Nurse prac­ti­tion­er with a spe­cial­ty in Applied Nutri­tion
  • Per­son­al Fit­ness and Nutri­tion coach
  • Behav­ioral and dis­or­dered eat­ing con­sul­tant
  • Reg­is­tered Dietit­ian
  • Food Ser­vice Man­ag­er
I would like to become an RD. How can your Mas­ters degree in Applied Nutri­tion help me get to that point?

To become an RD the fol­low­ing Edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al require­ments must be met:

  • A min­i­mum of a Bachelor’s degree from US region­al­ly accred­it­ed insti­tu­tion or for­eign equiv­a­lent, includ­ing course­work through an Accred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil for Edu­ca­tion in Nutri­tion and Dietet­ics (ACEND) accred­it­ed Didac­tic Pro­gram in Dietet­ics (DPD) or a Coor­di­nat­ed Pro­gram in Dietet­ics (CP)
  • Com­ple­tion of 1200 hours of super­vised prac­tice through an ACEND accred­it­ed Dietet­ic Intern­ship
  • Passed a nation­al exam­i­na­tion admin­is­tered by the Com­mis­sion on Dietet­ic Reg­is­tra­tion (CDR)

More infor­ma­tion on becom­ing an RD can be found at: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr The Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s MS in Applied Nutri­tion Pro­gram does not to pro­vide a path­way to reg­is­tered dietit­ian (RD) cre­den­tial­ing and a ver­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment can­not be pro­vid­ed upon com­ple­tion of the pro­gram. Rather, the MS in Applied Nutri­tion pro­vides stu­dents with an advanced degree that helps stu­dents to pre­pare for lead­er­ship roles in the nutri­tion field.

The Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram mis­sion is to advance knowl­edge and expand skills that pro­mote excel­lence and inno­va­tion in all areas of nutri­tion prac­tice, and to empha­size evi­dence-based best prac­tices to sup­port the well-being and health out­comes of indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and com­mu­ni­ties through edu­ca­tion, research, and ser­vice.

I am a reg­is­tered dietit­ian. How will your mas­ters degree pro­gram in Applied Nutri­tion help me?

If you are cur­rent­ly an Reg­is­tered Dietit­ian (RD), the Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s MS in Applied Nutri­tion can pro­vide you with a grad­u­ate lev­el edu­ca­tion that will increase and diver­si­fy your knowl­edge in the field of nutri­tion, as well as help keep you com­pet­i­tive and cur­rent in the job mar­ket. There are RDs enrolled in the MS of Applied Nutri­tion that are inter­est­ed in con­tin­u­ing their aca­d­e­m­ic career to deep­en their knowl­edge, build new skills and enhance their pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice. 

 

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