Nutrition M.S. Program

The Master of Science Program in Nutrition prepares students for a wide range of professional positions in either clinical or community nutrition, and for doctoral study in these fields. Graduates of the program may find career opportunities as clinical nutritionists within health-care settings and as nutrition educators in the community. Those graduating from the Dietetic Internship are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to become Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having achieved a minimum grade average of B (3.0) in the undergraduate record as a whole and in courses most relevant to the graduate discipline.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Must have completed the following courses and credits (or their equivalents):

In Basic Science:

Courses in physiology:

Credits
BIO 181Anatomy and Physiology I

4

And

BIO 182Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Or

BIO 228Mammalian Physiology

4

Inorganic chemistry:

Credits
CHE 114Essentials of General Chemistry Lecture

3

CHE 115Essentials of General Chemistry Laboratory

1.5

Organic chemistry:

Credits
CHE 120Essentials of Organic Chemistry Lecture I

3

CHE 121Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1.5

In Nutrition:

Courses in introductory nutrition:

Credits
HSD 240Nutrition and Health

3

Advanced nutrition:

Credits
DFN 445Advanced Nutrition

4

Diet and disease:

Credits
DFN 348Nutrition in the Management of Disease

3

DFN 448Nutrition in the Management of Disease II

3

Foods:

Credits
DFN 120The Nature and Science of Food

3

DFN 220Foods, Society, and Health

4

Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be rectified through Lehman's undergraduate program in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition, which is accredited by the ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=10905.

Degree Requirements

Each candidate must complete an approved program of study of at least 37 credits that includes the general core courses and approved elective courses, which may include the courses required for the Dietetic Internship (DI) program. The student may elect either to write a thesis or pass a comprehensive examination for a minimum total of 37 credits. At this time, only the comprehensive exam is being offered.

Core Courses:

All students are required to take the following courses and credits (total of 25 credits):

Credits
HEA 600Biostatistics

3

DFN 637Nutrition Counseling

3

 

BIO 610Mammalian Physiology

4

Or

BIO 644Biological Chemistry

4

Or

DFN 644Nutritional Biochemistry

4

 

DFN 610Nutrition: An Integrated Approach

3

DFN 620Life-Cycle Nutrition

3

DFN 641Public Health and Community Nutrition

3

DFN 651Medical Nutrition Therapy

3

DFN 791Research and Evaluation Methods in Nutrition

3

Elective Courses:

Students may select from the following courses and credits for a minimum of 12 credits:

Credits
DFN 510Food Justice

3

DFN 520Food Science

3

DFN 530Food Service Operations and Management

4

DFN 621Ethnic and Therapeutic Meal Patterns

4

DFN 630Special Topics in Nutrition

1

DFN 642Sports Nutrition

3

DFN 661Food Service Management

3

DFN 692Independent Study in Clinical Nutrition

3

DFN 693Independent Study in Community Nutrition

3

DFN 730Supervised Professional Practice

3

DFN 731Concepts and Methods of Dietetics Practice

3

DFN 741Workshop in Nutrition Education

3

DFN 771Nutritional Support

3

DFN 792Practicum in Clinical Nutrition

3

DFN 793Practicum in Community Nutrition

3

DFN 794Thesis Seminar in Clinical Nutrition

3

DFN 795Thesis Seminar in Community Nutrition

3

HSD 606Epidemiology

3

Other courses

Other courses: Selected with permission of the Graduate Adviser (total of a minimum of 12 credits).

DFN 730, DFN 731: A maximum of 9 credits from DFN 730 and DFN 731 may be credited toward the requirements for the MS degree for those students completing the DI program.

Admission Requirements to Dietetic Internship Program (DI)

Students who wish to enter the DI must be accepted into Lehman's M.S. in Nutrition Program and then submit an additional application to the DI. Places in the DI are limited and therefore admission into the DI is competitive. Students must conform to the admissions policies of the DI as itemized on the web pages of the DI program (www.lehman.edu/lehman/dietetics), which includes the computerized matching program administered through "D & D Digital Systems."

Included in the DI application are the following:

  • The ACEND internship application form.
  • Two recommendations on ACEND forms.
  • Original undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts.
  • ADPD Verification Statement attesting to the completion of ACEND-approved coursework equivalent to the undergraduate program in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition.
  • One page personal statement.
  • Application fee.

Applications must be submitted to the DI Director by February 15 for entry into the DI class beginning in the Fall semester. 

Interns must complete the following four graduate courses: DFN 641, DFN 651, DFN 661, and HEA 620, concurrent with the DI.

Completion Requirements for Dietetic Internship Program

In order to sit for the RD examination, students must be admitted to the M.S. in Nutrition program; submit a separate application to the DI; participate in computer matching; be admitted into the DI; complete four corequisite courses; and complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised preprofessional practice (DFN 730 for 3 semesters), and attend the Concepts and Methods of Dietetics Practice seminar (DFN 731) for 3 semesters or until the requirements are fulfilled. The DI is completed over a three-semester period (12 months).

A verification statement for completion of the DI will be granted following successful completion (with a mean GPA of at least 3.0) of:

Credits
DFN 641Public Health and Community Nutrition

3

DFN 651Medical Nutrition Therapy

3

DFN 661Food Service Management

3

DFN 730Supervised Professional Practice

3

HEA 620Health Counseling

3

Completion of the master's program is not required for completion of the Dietetic Internship.