2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 16, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog

Nutrition Science, MA

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Lynn Brann, Director of Graduate Programs in Nutrition Science
559 White Hall

Program Description

The program emphasizes critical evaluation of scientific information and evidence-based practice and research. Due to the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. For many practitioners in nutrition and dietetics the master’s degree represents the professional qualification and hence has become the terminal degree. However, the master’s degree may also serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study.


Applications for the Nutrition Science Graduate Program are accepted until March 15th and admittance is for the fall semester only. All applicants must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of earlier academic degrees
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members)
  • Personal statement reflective of career goals and objectives (including research)

In addition to the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School, Nutrition Science Graduate Program applicants must document completion of the following:

  • WRT 105/205 Writing I & II - or equivalent 6 crs.
  • PSY 205 Psychology- or equivalent 3 crs.
  • Behavior/Social Sciences- or equivalent 6 crs.
  • BIO 121/123 General Biology I & II - or equivalent 6-8 crs.
  • BIO 216/217 Anatomy & Physiology I & II (plus lab) - or equivalent 6-8 crs.
  • CHE 106/116 Chemistry I & II   - or equivalent        6-8 crs.
  • MAT 221 Statistics- or equivalent 3 crs.
  • NSD 225 Nutrition in Health - or equivalent 3 crs.

While no single factor determines entry to the program, competitive applicants typically have a minimum of:

  • G.P.A. of 3.00 or higher (undergraduate and/or master’s degree)

Admission decisions are made by the Nutrition Science Graduate Admissions Committee and are based on the student’s academic background (i.e., G.P.A.,), experience (e.g., research activity, related work experience), letters of recommendation, personal statement and areas of interests.

Part-Time Study

Students are able to pursue the degree part-time.

Financial Support

Limited department financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarship credits for students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs. Financial aid is determined based on merit. Additional information can be found at https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 30 percent of credits counted toward a master’s degree at Syracuse University may be transferred from another institution provided that the credits are an integral part of the degree program.

Students who complete their dietetic internship outside of Syracuse University may transfer up to 9 credits with the approval of the graduate committee. Of the 9 credits, only 3 of supervised practice may be transferred.


The M.A. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credits.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate and use professional literature and information technologies.

2 Develop and apply research designs that include statistical analysis methods and evidence-based practice.

3. Demonstrate effective, assertive and professional oral, written and advocacy/negotiation communication and documentation skills and use of current information technologies when communicating with individuals, groups and the public

4. Demonstrate appropriate use and interpretation of nutrition assessment techniques

5.  Use the nutrition care process to make decisions, to identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions, including medical nutrition therapy, disease prevention and health promotion

6. Develop interventions to affect change and enhance wellness in diverse individuals and groups

7. Explain the impact of a food/nutrition policy position on food/public health and nutrition programs, services and research

8. Apply the fundamental biochemical principles to evaluate and solve metabolic and physiologic problems related to macro-and micro metabolism in both health and disease states


Satisfactory Progress

Certification for an advanced degree at Syracuse University requires a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree and a 2.8 average for all credits earned.

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