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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