2023-2024 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Science, MA


Sudha Raj, Director of Graduate Programs in Nutrition
562 White Hall
Nicole Beckwith, Director of the MA in Nutrition Science
555 White Hall

Program Description

The program emphasizes critical evaluation of scientific information and evidence-based practice and research. It includes both didactic coursework and integrated experiential learning.  Successful graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for registered dietitians.


The priority deadline for applications is February 15th. Applications will be accepted until the desired enrollment is reached.

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

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 SOC 101 Introductory Sociology or equivalent 3 crs.
  • BIO 121/123 General Biology I & II - or equivalent 6 crs.
  • BIO 216/217 Anatomy & Physiology I & II (plus lab) - or equivalent 6-8 crs.
  • CHE 106/116 Chemistry I & II - or equivalent 6 crs.
  • MAT 221 Statistics- or equivalent 3 crs.
  • NSD 225 Nutrition in Health - or equivalent 3 crs.
  • A course in food safety/service or ServeSafe Manager Certification
  • An introductory food science course or food preparation course
  • A course in quantity food preparation and production

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

There is no part-time option for this program.

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 regarding graduate financial aid can be found at https://www.syracuse.edu/admissions/cost-and-aid/apply/graduate/

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 15 credits (with a grade of B or higher) counted toward this degree from another institution with the approval of the program director.


The M.A. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 51 credits.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Utilize the nutrition care process with individuals, groups or populations in a variety of practice settings.
2. Integrate the principles of cultural competence within own practice and when directing services.
3. Apply an understanding of the impact of complementary and integrative nutrition on drugs, disease, health and wellness.
4. Integrate knowledge of nutrition and physical activity in the provision of nutrition care across the life cycle.
5. Engage in legislative and regulatory activities that address community, population and global nutrition health and nutrition policy.
6. Demonstrate leadership skills to guide practice.
7. Apply current research and evidence-informed practice to services.

51 credits total required for the MA degree in Nutrition Science

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination for the M.A. degrees consists of an essay test on advanced topics in nutrition and an oral examination.

Master’s students are required to complete the master’s Comprehensive Examination as part of their master’s degree and must pass this in order to receive their degree. The Master’s Comprehensive Examination is given to candidates who are in the final stages of completing all requirements for the master’s degree. This examination provides the master’s candidate an opportunity to demonstrate his/her capabilities for critical analysis and thinking and assimilation of information contained in the body of nutrition literature. If the student fails to pass the Comprehensive Exam, they will be given a second chance to complete it. Failure to pass the second time will result in suspension from the Nutrition Science Graduate Program.

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.