• 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.

More About This Degree

Helen Battisti
Assistant Professor, Director-Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Jessica Bodzio
Clinical Assistant Professor, DPD Director

Erin O'Hora
Assistant Professor

Tanya Papura

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.

This is just a sample of our Nutrition and Dietetics faculty - see them all!

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.


The education, experience, and support I received from Marywood University are of immeasurable value to me.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2013 with a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.  During my graduate studies, I completed my thesis entitled "Identifying the Relationship between Average Meal Intakes and Level of Satisfaction with Mealtime Environment of Long Term Care Residents".  Additionally I was privileged to have this research accepted to and displayed at the national Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA in October 2014.

Currently, I am employed by Morrison Senior Living as a Nutrition Care Manager in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, I manage the daily tasks and staff of the nutrition services department and oversee the nutritional care of the facility's long term care residents and skilled rehabilitation patients as well as offer outpatient nutrition services to independent residents.  I am also involved with Morrison Senior Living's Dignified Dining Program, which aims to enhance the dining experience for long term care residents with dementia. 

The education, experience, and support I received from Marywood are of immeasurable value to me.  Firstly, the skills, hands-on practice in the field, and knowledge I gained through the dietetic internship allowed a seamless and confident transition into the working world.  Secondly, the academics were challenging, yet relevant to what I would need to apply in the field.  Lastly, I was constantly supported by the Nutrition and Dietetics department; the staff genuinely wishes for their students to succeed and be contributing members of the profession.  I had intelligent and hardworking teachers and mentors during my time at Marywood, many of which have turned into valuable peer relationships, and I always found it motivating to be surrounded by such talented registered dieticians.

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

9 semester hours

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


9 semester hours

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


N D 596 Capstone Experience 3


18 semester hours

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

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.