M.S. Non-Thesis, Community Nutrition Online

A professionally oriented program for those who wish to expand their knowledge and ability to utilize nutrition research in fields such as school nutrition, extension service, community outreach, the food industry and more.

  • 30 Credit Hour Non-Thesis Master's of Science degree
  • All courses taught 100% online
  • Can be completed in as little as 1 full year or over several years part time
  • Courses offered year round
  • Experienced and highly accomplished instructors
  • Developed to meet the needs of working profesisonals and those desiring to further their knowledge and careers in nutrition related fields
  • The program provides opportunities for hands on real world experience in providing nutrition interventions and education
  • Students who wish to obtain their Georgia School Nutrition Director’s certification may be able to meet all requirements for our school nutrition director’s certification program within the framework of this degree
  • This degree does not independently qualify a student to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Students should be aware of the laws governing the practice of dietetics in their respective states.
  • More informmation is available on the UGA Online Learning website

Application Criteria

Applicants to the program will be asked for the following materials, information or experience:

  • Hold Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Have a semester of basic biology, basic chemistry, and foundational nutrition on their transcript. Students may be admitted if they are missing one of these prerequisites, but they will be required to take that course in the first semester of the program.
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses of 3.0 or above on 4-point scale
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as scholar
  • Provide a statement of purpose and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
  • Have access to computer with high-speed internet connection and email account
  • Work or volunteer experience in an area related to health, nutrition, or food science preferred

Program Requirements

FDNS Core Courses (19 Credits)

  • NUTR 4050/6050E (3) Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span
  • NUTR 6240E (3) Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan
  • NUTR 6670E (4) Nutrition Intervention
  • NUTR 6560E (3) Nutrition Health and Aging
  • NUTR 6665E (3) Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition
  • NUTR 6270E (3) Community Nutrition 

Research Methods (3 Credits)

  • HPRB 7510E (3) Health Promotion Research Methods (preferred) or
  • ERSH 4200E/6200E Methods of Research in Education (3) or
  • LLOD 6200E Evaluating and Interpreting Research in Learning,
  • Leadership and Organization Development (3) or
  • ALDR 8200E Research Methods in Agricultural Education (3)

Electives (8-9 Credits) 

  • NUTR 6250E Diet and Disease for Nutrition Educators (3)
  • NUTR 6640E Food Sanitation and Safety (3)
  • NUTR 6620E Management of Food Service Organizations (2)
  • NUTR 6800E Pharmacotherapy for Disease Management (3)
  • NUTR 6230E Current issues in Sport Nutrition (3)
  • ALDR 7350E Team and Organization Development in Ag. Organization (3)
  • LLOD 7030E Program Development in Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (3)
  • LLOD 7040E Training Design and Delivery (3)
  • ALDR 7020E (changing to ALDR 8350E) Program Evaluation (3)
  • ALDR (AGED) (AGCM) 4800E/6800E Grant Seeking (3)
  • FDST 7150E Food Ingredients and Function (3)
  • LLOD 8205E Leading from Within: Developing Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Capacity (3)
  • LLOD 8210E Leading Change in Workplace and Adult Ed. Org. (3)
  • LLOD 8320E Facilitating Group Change and Development (3)
  • LLOD 8110E Learning, Leadership & Organization Development For Community Development (3)
  • WFED 9020E Leadership Development in Workforce Education (3)
  • LLOD 8300E Organization Development (3)

Students in School Nutrition Director’s certification program only may take:

  • NUTR 7650E (1) Field Experience I
  • NUTR 7670E (1) Field Experience II
  • NUTR 6770E Managing School Nutrition Programs (4)
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