Nutrition

MS

  • Integrate theories, practices, skills of nutrition & exercise science
  • Become an advocate, clinician, manager, educator, researcher, specialist
  • Be a proactive scholar and leader in your field

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This degree will deepen and broaden your nutrition knowledge and skills. It will allow you to compete for more challenging positions in the nutrition field as well as to enter Doctoral programs in Nutrition. You will learn how to design, conduct, interpret and apply research. These skills will make you more valuable as a practitioner, a professional who can prove the worth of their services.

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Accomplished Nutrition & Dietetics Faculty


Jessica Bodzio
Faculty, DPD Director

Sandra Graham
Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences, Assistant Professor (Pro Rata)

Maureen Dunne-Touhey
Director; Dietetic Internship

Marywood faculty members are active in the American Dietetic Association and have professional contacts across the country which can assist you in your job search and other educational opportunities.

The program is housed in the O’Neill Healthy Family Center a beautiful, modern building that has won an award for architectural design. There are 3 classrooms, which are technologically up to date as well as a computer laboratory. A food science lab contains instruments that allow students to cook and measure food’s volume and acidity levels. The Food Sensory Lab provides a blind taste test area for students to examine food quality. Students also have the ability to use the Human Performance laboratory housed in this building. In addition, you have the support of the library staff, computer services, counseling services and career services offices located throughout the Marywood campus.

Ryan

Working for Powerbar, I’ve met many professional and world-class athletes. I then started my own software company, Visual Veggies Software.

I have a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a master's degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science from Marywood.  After obtaining my master’s degree, I found a career that was the perfect fit…working for PowerBar! 

In my position, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with many athletes, novice and veteran, and teach them the proper recommendations in sports nutrition to help reach their fitness goals.  Over the past eight years, I’ve been fortunate to have met many talented professional and world-class athletes, including Josh Cox (Olympic marathoner), Brandi Chastain (World Cup soccer champ), Peter Reid (three time Ironman World Champion), and Meb Keflezighi (Olympic silver medalist marathoner and 2014 Boston Marathon winner, pictured with Ryan).  I’ve attended several marathon expos, including the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and New York City Marathon and have participated on expert panels with some of the above mentioned athletes. 

In 2005, I started my own software company, Visual Veggies Software.  I created the company to develop software study materials for other nutrition students preparing for their national registration exams.  The software is used or recommended by over 80 nutrition departments at various colleges and universities throughout the nation. 

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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M.S. in Nutrition

Applicants to the program leading to a degree in Nutrition are required to have earned a degree in nutrition, foods, or dietetics from an accredited undergraduate institution. Individuals with other degrees are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they need to have at least 3 credits in chemistry and 6 credits in anatomy and physiology as prerequisite to satisfy the departmental admissions committee. If they wish to meet the academic requirements for an RD, other prerequisites will be necessary which vary depending on what the applicant has taken as an undergraduate. GREs are required for admission into the program. The M.S. in Nutrition is a 36-credit program requiring 9 credits in core nutrition courses, 9 credits in the research sequence, and 18 credits of electives. In addition to the required courses, the candidate must successfully complete and defend an original research project. Students, after consultation with the chairperson, will select a member of the Nutrition/Dietetics faculty as a mentor. The mentor and two other committee members will work with the candidate on an individual basis throughout the research project.

Program of Study

36 semester hours

CORE COURSES
9 semester hours

N D 560 Biochemistry of Nutrition and Exercise
3
N D 581 Advanced Nutrition: The Energy Nutrients and Alcohol
3
N D 582 Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals
3

RESEARCH SEQUENCE

9 semester hours

N D 590 Research Methodology
3
N D 591 Statistical Analysis
3
N D 595 A, B and C Research Thesis (1 credit each)
3

NON-THESIS

N D 596 Capstone Experience
3

ELECTIVE COURSES

18 semester hours

N D 502 Exercise Testing and Nutrition
Assessment (with lab)
3
N D 503 Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition
and Exercise
3
N D 504 Nutrition and Gerontology
3
N D 505 Maternal and Child Nutrition
3
N D 506 Nutrition and Human Behavior
3
N D 507 International Nutrition
3
N D 520 Recent Trends in Normal Nutrition
3
N D 523 Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition
3
N D 525 Clinical Nutrition: Pharmacology
and Fluid-Electrolyte Balance
3
N D 530 Health Promotion
3
N D 534 Private Practice in Nutrition,
Exercise Science and Health Promotion
3
N D 536 Communication Techniques in
Nutrition and Exercise
3
N D 541 Nutrition and Women’s Health
3
N D 549 Sports Nutrition
3
N D 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight
Management
3
N D 599 Independent Study
3

Additional courses from the core or electives in the M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science may be selected with permission of the department Chairperson.

Other courses may be acceptable from Gerontology, Psychology, or other departments with permission of the chairperson.